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Ubuntu!: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and CollaborationUbuntu!: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration by Bob Nelson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ubuntu is an African philosophy based on which every human is treated as one. Everyone is accorded the respect due to them, not to due to their position in organization or society or due to the relationship with the other. When practiced universally it leads to an harmony in the life and the environment in which one lives, be it home, or work. According to the book, it was this philosophy, that was promoted by the likes of Mandela and Bishop Tutu which ensured that there was not much lashback after the lifting of apartheid in South Africa.

While this may be true, it is sad to see that even today, after so many years of lifting of apartheid, there are slums in the cities of South Africa and is populated mostly by the “coloured” people. It is difficult to gauge whether this is due to apathy of the administration, or due to “Ubuntu” not being exercised fully, or due to laxity on part of the “coloured” people who expect the government to keep helping them. The last reason was the reason that was quoted by somebody in South Africa, when I was there for a short while, as the reason for this situation.

Over all a nice book. But for “Ubuntu” to succeed in an Organization, it needs to start at the top of the organization. Only when the heads start practicing it can they preach others to follow it, in fact if they heads start practicing it honestly, the others will almost automatically follow.

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