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How Full Is Your Bucket? Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, August 10, 2004
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A well-researched, strong, and compelling case for improving self-esteem, better relationships, and health ... this book is a short, sharp, how-to’ guide.”
People Management magazine
Useful anecdotes that managers in particular should pay attention to.”
The San Francisco Chronicle
Wow! This little book is a treasure. It is chock full of wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice, rooted in solid research. It will change the way you look at your life, your work, and the world.”
Martin Walsh, Executive Director, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation
Powerful, captivating, and easy to read. This book’s heartwarming message has a spiritual quality, yet it is grounded in decades of research.”
Lea E. Williams, Ed.D., Executive Director, National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute, Inc.
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Tom's most recent work includes the bestselling book, ARE YOU FULLY CHARGED?, the feature length film FULLY CHARGED, and Tom's second children's book THE RECHARGEABLES: EAT MOVE SLEEP.
Tom has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade, starting with the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? His book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was the top-selling book of 2013 and 2014 worldwide on Amazon.com. Tom's other bestsellers are Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, and Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes. In total, his books have sold more than 6 million copies and have made more than 300 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
In addition to his work as a researcher, writer, and speaker, Tom serves as a senior scientist for and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent thirteen years leading the organization's work on employee engagement, strengths, leadership, and well-being. He is also a scientific advisor to Welbe, a startup focused on wearable technology.
Tom previously served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a regular guest lecturer. Tom, his wife, Ashley, and their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.
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The book goes on to give some examples of filling or emptying of buckets. Next the book goes on to list some practical strategies for filling buckets. They are as follows:
1. Prevent bucket dipping - ask yourself whether you are adding to or taking from another bucket.
2. Shine a light on what is right - don't focus on the negative, spend time, energy and attention of what is right.
3. Make best friends - great relationships lead to increased satisfaction
4. Give unexpectedly - the gifts can be material, trust or respect, but given unexpectedly increases their bucket filling power
5. Reverse the Golden rule - "Do unto others as they would have you do unto them".
The book gives some unexpected gifts. In the back cover is a free id to allow you to use the "Clifton" strengthfinder - so you can discover your strengths. Also there is five strategies wallet card and oh wait a minute I don't want to ruin the unexpected gift factor. This is a great book. Buy some for friends and family.
The book's main concept uses the metaphor of a bucket and a dipper. The bucket stores positive emotions. The ideal situation is where a bucket is full or overflowing bucket and at the other end of the spectrum is the undesired state of an empty bucket. The dipper on the other hand, either fills up or empties others' and our own buckets. We fill buckets by increasing positive emotions and empty buckets by decreasing positive emotions or via negativity. As simplistic and commonsensical as it sounds, this concept is backed by extensive research.
The introduction starts with early psychology and how it looked at "What's wrong with people". However, Don flipped the question and started researching on "What's right with people". Over the course of time, it was uncovered that human lives are shaped by interactions and these are rarely neutral. Most of our interactions are either negative or positive.
Negativity Kills. The authors' cite the example of the Korean War and how the American POWs were made to feel hopeless without using much physical torture. The Korean captors used the weapons of self-criticism and mistrust as well as withheld positive support to mentally break down the POWs. On the other hand, positivity increases productivity, loyalty, engagement in social circles and better customer care.Read more ›
This book did alter the way I see the world and had an impact on the way I interact with people. My life has improved since I read this book because I am not my usual, negative self.
Second, it has a clear message; be positive -- and your relationships will be stronger and you will be more effective in your interactions with people.
However, the problem is that I finished this book in about two hours, because it's very short (few pages, few words per page, and many pages with little content). Also, the book doesn't have many strategies on how to implement its premise. Overall, I'd recommend it, but not highly.
Also, you get to take the StrengthsFinder assessment tool, the best tool out there to figure out how you are wired. That is worth buying the book all on its own.
A must read. Buy this book!
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One of the few books that I employ its message every single day. I give as gifts each year to friends (should give to enemies).Published 17 days ago by IanFlemingFan
An incredibly inspirational book. It really causes you to reflect back on life and see your previous choices, decisions, and conversations. Read morePublished 23 days ago by JD
I gave this book to my staff as a gift. They all read it and they all had great reviews and feedback. Now we make a point to fill buckets each day.Published 1 month ago by Aspen Mt Tots
I have turned this book into a way of life. Thank you, Mr. Rath for putting it out there! It has changed so many meetings for the better now that we have something wonderful to end... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Newskid