- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Crown Business (19 September 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385518927
- ISBN-13: 978-0385518925
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,47,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness Hardcover – 19 Sep 2006
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“This little book will show you why women should run most corporations in America, and maybe the entire country. Reading Nice will improve just about everything in your life, and that’s a promise.”
—James Patterson, bestselling author, former CEO of J. Walter Thompson North America
“The Power of Nice is a wonder drug! It could literally save your career and your life…. And let me suggest a first act of kindness: buy some extra copies for your enemies. I’ll bet they need The Power of Nice more than you do.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, the bestselling book on building relationships for success
“Leo Durocher was wrong! Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval’s The Power of Nice is the antidote to our increasingly mean-spirited culture. I’m going to send a copy to every political campaign consultant I know.”
“In negotiation, the cheapest concession you can make is to be nice. And the returns can be high, as Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval show in this delightfully readable primer packed with practical advice and entertaining stories. I recommend it with pleasure!”
—William Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes and author of The Power of a Positive No (2007).
“For my money, I would always rather make a deal with people I like who treat me well. If you want to discover the surprising power of nice, read this book. Memorize it. Use it. You’ll be glad you did.”
About the Author
LINDA KAPLAN THALER is the CEO and chief creative officer and ROBIN KOVAL is the president of the Kaplan Thaler Group. Ranked as the fastest growing advertising agency in the United States by leading industry publications, with over a billion dollars in billings, the agency has won thirteen Clio Awards. Kaplan Thaler and Koval are the coauthors of the national bestseller, Bang! They live in the New York metropolitan area.See all Product description
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Thaler and Koval identify and then discuss "The Six Power of Nice Principles" and devote a separate chapter to each. It is important to note that these principles do not involve self-serving strategies and tactics. They comprise the foundation of a mindset that must be authentic, consistent, and cohesive as well as pragmatic. It is no coincidence that many (if not most) of the companies annually ranked among the most highly-admired by Fortune magazine are also ranked among those that are the best to work for and the most profitable. Southwest Airlines, for example, attracts far more job applications than there are positions available and many of the applicants work for other airlines. Throughout 30 years of frequent experience with Southwest, not once have I encountered an employee (either in the air or on the ground) who was not nice.
Readers will especially appreciate the provision of "Nice Cube" exercises and applications at the end of each chapter. Whatever her or his circumstances at work and at home may be, any person can immediately complete the exercises and take the initiatives that will strengthen her or his "niceness muscles." These suggestions offer no head-snapping revelations, nor do Thaler and Koval make any such claim for them. For most readers, they serve as useful reminders of what is regrettably uncommon courtesy. "If you take anything away from this book, we hope it's the realization that there is untapped potential in even the smallest good deed, and that it can have a multiplier effect strong enough to change the world" or at least the world in which each reader lives. Thaler and Koval go on to observe, "Yes, a random act of kindness can help you become healthier, wealthier, and wiser. But, most of all, it will make you happier. And, after all, isn't that the real power of nice?" Indeed it is.
If you are not a nice person, this book can really revolutionize your outlook. It lays out the case to be nice to others in a logical manner and provides a lot of thought provoking reasons to embrace this concept.
If you are already a nice person, you will get even more out of this book. Lots of great advice on sincerity and how to still get what you want out of any relationship. You simply can't go wrong.
On top of this, the book is both easy and fun to read. It's a GREAT conversation starter and wonderful source of quotes for classes and speaches.