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Press Release: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins

Charlotte Ashlock Posted by Charlotte Ashlock, Executive Editor, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.

Charlotte Ashlock is a crazy idealist trying to make the world a better place! 

Press Release: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins

A Fable About Creativity and Courage
By BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

20th Anniversary edition released to commemorate Martin Luther King Day and celebrate workplace diversity

"Insightful and witty … Gallagher and Schmidt have captured an essential truth about navigating the stormy seas of the contemporary workplace – from the strength of differences we can truly make a difference."

—Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge 

Berrett-Koehler Publishers is pleased to announce this brand new edition of the classic, international bestseller A Peacock in the Land of Penguins by management consultant BJ Gallagher and University of Southern California Emeritus Professor Warren H. Schmidt brings new insight to the challenging issue of workforce diversity. People who have perspectives that differ from the business as usual are often ignored or criticized for the very thing that makes them valuable: their diverse points of view and creative ideas. The book demonstrates how to establish a culture of pluralism in which diverse ideas can flourish and innovation can take flight


Written in a charming, engaging style, this contemporary fable explores a drama unfolding in organizations all across the country – how to build on the diversity of today’s workforce to harness the talent, energy, and commitment of all employees. This special 20th Anniversary Edition includes many tips, tools, and strategies … and a brand new bonus parable, “The Penguins Ate Your Cheese!”

About the Authors:

BJ Gallagher is an accomplished management consultant, popular speaker, and the prolific author of thirty books, including Being Buddha at Work and Yes Lives in the Land of No. She spent five years as the manager of training and development for the Los Angeles Times prior to founding her own human resources consulting company.

Warren H. Schmidt is Professor Emeritus from the University of Southern California. He is coauthor of The Race Without a Finish Line and TQManager. He has also written many educational and management films, including the Academy Award-winning animated short Is It Always Right to Be Right?