Thursday, September 21, 2006
Book Review: "The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness" by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
The idea for individuals to be nice to each other and the rewards will come has been out there for a while. There's the "teachings" of Deepak Chopra, the movie "Pay it Forward," "The Power of Positive Thinking" (although this one is more on an individual level), Chicken Soup for the Soul and Random Acts of Kindness. These are simple ways of living in which we can be nice to one another and "karma" or the universe will see to it we get our just rewards.
Well now the business world can take heed. "The Power of Nice" has a business approach to being nice that can help your business grow faster than dog-eat-dog. The authors have cited their own examples of how this has worked for them and have gathered real-life examples from others in the business world. You will read examples from Donald Trump (yes he can actually be nice) to Jay Leno.
Now, the really interesting part of this book is not the examples but they have exercises at the end of the chapters, which they call "Nice Cubes" that can help you actually put it into practice. They have also created "The Six Power of Nice Principles" which are a great way to refresh your self and your co-workers on how to be nice in the business world.
Here are the 6 Principles:
1. Positive Impressions are like seeds.
2. You never know.
3. People change.
4. Nice must be Automatic.
5. Negative Impressions are like germs.
6. You will know.
For further explanation of the principles check out this great book. You might even do good giving your boss or sales force gifts of the book.
Also check-out their Website. thepowerofnice.com