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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Books; 20 Anv edition (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806621516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806621517
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Loy McGinnis (1933–2005) was a best-selling author, family therapist, business consultant, and popular speaker. After a twenty year career as a minister, he became a counselor and co-founded the Valley Counseling Center in Glendale, CA. In the 1970s, he began researching friendship and authored The Friendship Factor, published by Augsburg Fortress in 1979 and revised in 2004. A popular speaker, he also authored more than fifty articles and several more books, including Bringing Out the Best in People, Confidence, and The Balanced Life, all published by Augsburg Fortress.

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Very easy read and very informative.
Pradyot Srivastava
I have read and reread this book several times in the last twenty years.
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This book is great for people who want to interact with people.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on October 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dr. McGinnis makes it easy for readers. He places his recommendations in a list of 12 rules that are easy to follow. Don't limit yourself to the list however, this book is meant to be enjoyed. Read the whole thing.
He tells us from the beginning he's approaching his subject from a Christian perspective. He offers hope for anyone seeking to motivate other people, pointing out, "Motivators are not born--they are made." He argues that the predisposition already exists for potential motivators, that people do not want to be lethargic and bored, they want to be challenged. He phrases it nicely when he writes, "deep in the breast of everyone there is a drive to achieve something, to be somebody."
McGinnis makes an insight observation on listening. He says if you listen to people long enough they will tell you what motivates them.
He includes a lot about encouragement and creating the proper environment in an organization. That means leaving room for failure, because as risks are taken, sometimes failure will result. Failure is temporary.
Near the end, McGinnis has a powerful section on dreamers, leaders, and the solitary lifestyle such individuals often have. The book builds to this crescendo. A quote from Goethe sets the tone, "Whatever you dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
This book will help you gain a greater focus if you read it and follow what it suggests. Your communication skills with other people will be enhanced. Other people will respect you more as you learn to relate to them more effectively.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book is a classic for leaders in all areas. McGinnis, who background is psychotherapy, lists twelve principles for bringing out the best in other people.

He uses real-life examples of achievers who have utilized these principles to be successful and, importantly, help others succeed.

There are thousands of leadership books on the market. I read hundreds. Read this one first.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1996
Format: Paperback
This book is very well written. Alan provides a list of
guidelines for how to motivate people to be their best and
then gives great examples from people's lives. You'll need
to read it a few times to get all the pearls of wisdom. The
great thing is you can start applying what you learn
immediately since he explains the basic principle first and
punctuates it with examples thereafter. I lead people and
am lead and I'm giving the book as presents for XMAS to
those above and below me !!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "iloveprovence" on July 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This little book is one of the best guides there is for teaching people to succeed. As a mother and teacher, I try to use these principals to help the young people I care about to be the best that they can be. Instilling the trait of motivation is one of the most essential characteristics for a happy life. This book will help the reader guide others to successful choices. A must for parents, teachers and other leaders.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tom Marcoux on January 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
"One of the best books that I've read! I keep Alan's "12 Rules for Bringing Out the Best in People" with me everyday. As America's Communication Coach, a motion picture director, a national speaker-author, a college instructor, and president of my company, I lead many people; and this book helps me fulfill big dreams."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sundownrunner on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have read and re-read this book at least three times in the past 10 years, actively applying the steps to my own experiences. It is very insightful into human nature and its many illustrations from real life, including well-known people, along with its appeal to strong values, support its authenticity as a practical guide to helping those around you and, in the process, helping yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JR Felisilda on April 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Bringing Out the Best in People" describes skills that are invaluable in your personal life and business or work life.

Many people bring out the best in others by leaving others alone. Others bring out the best by interacting with them in a positive way.

It all begins with your intention. If you have the intent to manipulate people to follow what you say, then you will never bring out the best in anyone- not even animals. Instead, if you have intent to uplift and work in a positive way and direction, then the skills you learn from this book will be beneficial to you and to others. People skills is almost a lost art. But, you can have the edge by recognizing, learning, and practicing this lost art of people skills and bringing out the best in people.

JR Felisilda
Author of the book, "Nanay: Lessons From a Mother"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaci Rae on May 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Alan McGinnis was one of the first authors I read when I was interested on broader spectrum of psychology. I began reading his books when I was a kid, not even a teenager. I always enjoyed them. This book is no exception. An offshoot of The Friendship Factor he expounds on his many ideas and ways to access communication to better your ability to be understood. Excellent as usual!
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