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A business or life fable is a parable that shares a lesson. Often primarily focused on an application in the business world the narrative often has a wider application in life. Parables provide a simple way to understand, enjoy, share and remember an important message.

Hugely successful authors/books in this genre include:

  • Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level
  • Dr Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved Your Cheese
  • Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

My new book, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business & Life, is a business fable and will available in bookstores nationwide on March 1st, 2011.

As a backdrop for the parable I decided to take the reader on a safari of self-discovery by using the mystique of Africa, the magic of wild animals and the epic saga of the Serengeti migration

For 1.5 million wildebeest of Africa, their Serengeti is a 1,000 mile-long migration filled with hunger, thirst, predators and exhaustion. The journey is impressive and so incomparably massive that is rated the #1 Natural Wonder of the World.

I believe the migration offers us a unique window on the very essence of life itself, and therefore the fable becomes a larger-than-life metaphor for the problems and struggles in our lives. As the story unfolds so it reveals the primordial skills each of seven animals have to overcome their life-and-death struggle. A sage and mentor shares how we each can discover our unique instinctive skill that will empower you conquer your fears, overcome your challenges and ultimately triumph.

I was privileged to have Ken Blanchard (author the best-selling “One Minute” series) read Surviving Your Serengeti and was thrilled when he said: “You’ll actually know more about yourself after you read this book—it’s one of a kind.”

Now you can read the first two chapters of Surviving Your Serengeti courtesy of ActiveRain and the publishers Wiley & Sons. Do it is this week and even 2,500 points in the Serengeti ActiveRain Challenge. Full details here.


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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I must have missed the challenge in the Raindrop.  I did not find out about this until yesterday.

Feb 22, 2011 07:47 AM #18
Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

I really am looking forward to reading the rest of your book!  Thanks!

Feb 22, 2011 07:49 AM #19
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Stefan, it sounds like an exciting new book and with 'the new normal' out there everywhere around us, it should be a big hit.

Feb 22, 2011 08:02 AM #20
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Stefan, you are a gifted writer!  I wish you much success with this book. 

Feb 22, 2011 08:35 AM #21
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® International - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

It was great to see you in Anaheim at Family Reunion. It was a huge surprise to find out that I am a giraffe. Looking forward to finishing the book.

Feb 22, 2011 10:17 AM #22
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

I too am looking forward to additional chapters. I love that this doesn't follow the same old dry business book model. Any time you tell me a story, I'm more apt to be intrigued, finish the book, and share the experience with others. Nice job.

Feb 22, 2011 11:09 AM #23
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Congratulations on your new book.

Feb 22, 2011 11:34 AM #24
Jayne Williamson, REALTOR, Broker, GRI
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners, Hendersonville, NC - Hendersonville, NC


You are a gifted story-teller.  The first two chapters went quickly and I cannot wait to explore the rest of the book.  I took the quiz and am glad that I could without reading about all of the animals to form an opinion that may have tainted the results.  I was a crocodile.

Feb 22, 2011 12:22 PM #25
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Stefan -  I just downloaded your book to my Kindle.  I'm looking forward to it as the first 2 chapters really caught my interest.  The only problem is I can't get you to sign my Kindle copy :0)

Feb 22, 2011 01:03 PM #26
Jeanne Kozak
RE/MAX In Action - Martinsburg, WV
REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA

I have downloaded the first 2 chapters and will read tomorrow, can't wait to get the full book

Feb 22, 2011 03:43 PM #27
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

I read the first 2 chapters and am eager for the book to be released! It's very well written, great concepts and easy to read! I have subscribed to your blog, too! Thank you for your contribution!

Feb 23, 2011 05:31 AM #28
Monica Atherton
The Associates Realty Group - Temecula, CA
Your Temecula Real Estate Gal

Hello Stefan!  I read the first 2 chapters and look forward to reading the whole book.  In this business, or life for that matter, we are all on a huge journey filled with our own struggles and problems.  Thank you for pointing that out in such an eloquent manner!

Feb 23, 2011 08:07 AM #29
Kim & Kristine Halverson
Compass - Santa Monica, CA
Sisters, Realtors

Hi Stefan:  Great book so far, don't be a stranger after your book launches.  We went to hear more from you.  Kristine :)

Feb 23, 2011 05:15 PM #30
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Stefan- I loved your first two chapters and have ordered my book from Amazon already so I can finish it!!!! 

Feb 23, 2011 05:33 PM #31
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Everyone is so excited about this included!  I'm really looking forward to getting my copy.

Feb 24, 2011 01:50 AM #32
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Stefan, loved the first two chapters and can't wait to get a copy of the book to finish the read.  I only wish I could write as good as you....thanks for providing AR members a peak at the first two chapters.

Feb 24, 2011 03:37 AM #33
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

I've read the other books - I think Surviving Your Serengeti will surpass them all and be a best seller! Congratulations it seems wildly successful already among the members of ActiveRain.

Feb 25, 2011 11:57 AM #34
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Stefan, all books you mentioned are great, but after reading the first two chapters of "Surviving Your Serengeti", your book is on top of my list.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to preview your book.

Feb 27, 2011 10:34 AM #35
Deborah Bly
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
RE/MAX Realtor

Couldn't make the down load so will have to wait for the book. Was able to take the test. Wildebeest. Very true for me.

Feb 27, 2011 12:33 PM #36
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Hi Stefan, glad to see you here on AR( even seems you don't blog here anymore..:(

Hopefully, you'll be back and share your new experience with ARers! 

Wishing you well, II.

Jun 22, 2012 07:22 PM #37
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