Guided by an all-knowing chameleon, four unassuming birds play the roles of the personality styles. The insights gained from their interactions and struggles will lift you to new heights of understanding yourself. Let the wisdom of The Chameleon enable you to effortlessly adapt to the people and situations around you.
Join an Eagle, Parrot, Dove, and Owl on their enlightening journey as you learn to:
- Capitalize on your strengths
- Deepen your most important relationships
- Enhance your career
- Live a more fulfilling life
Merrick Rosenberg's book, The Chameleon, Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone with a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does, is a book which could give you a new perspective on yourself, your family, and the people in your life (whether you work with them or just deal with them). This book has a lot of charm along with a steady hand on its subject. It uniquely bases its story on a series of fables. The star is a Chameleon, Xenia, and her student, little Xandu, who impart a lot of learning to a series of birds in a forest where they all live. There are eagles, who represent the determined personality, there are doves, who represent the kindness and gentleness which some people naturally have, there are owls, who are organized and conscientious, and there are parrots, life-loving and sociable.
The book begins in the forest in the first season: Spring. Each season will be covered and five fables per season will teach us new lessons about how to be the most understanding people we can possibly be. If a bird can represent you as a personality, you will see it illustrated here. Some of us are more than one personality type but that is to be expected.
Another thing the reader will learn is that his or her viewpoint is not necessarily the only way of seeing things. This book, which is an excellent guidebook for people in business, will assist us to understand our personalities. If you are an direct and strongminded "eagle", and someone in your office is a softhearted "dove, you are not going to get too far ordering them around from your point of view. You are going to have to shift positions and see what it is like to be a dove before you pass judgement. Understanding plays a big part in this book.
The book's major characters, the Chameleon and her young companion, serve to expand our understanding on how to perceive differences between who we are and others. In each section, there are chapters with fables. At the end of each fable, there will be a quote called, "Chameleon Wisdom". One of my favorites was from Robert A. Heinlein, and another was from George Bernard Shaw. Steve Jobs is in there, too.
There is no absence of humor in this book, nor is there any absence of compassion, however if you wish to understand the fine line between adapting to your situation and attempting to get your situation to adapt to you, this gentle-hearted book (which ultimately pulls no punches) may just become the wind under your wings.