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Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life Hardcover – October 27, 2009

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Wagner and Muller, polling executives, set out to discover what elements are critical to developing a successful team. With thousands of polling results on working relationships, they identify and explore the following eight elements of a powerful partnership and devote a chapter to each—match those who are strong in one skill with another who is weak and vice versa; pursue a common mission; fairness; trust; accept the other’s idiosyncrasies; forgiveness; good communication; and unselfishness or valuing the other’s success. Interspersing their research findings with stories and case studies, Wagner and Muller make a compelling case for their view that in our culture, which honors individual achievement, good partnerships increase our well-being and business success. They note with dismay that 16 percent of the employees polled report that they currently have no partnerships at work and 25 percent indicate that they have never had a great partnership at work. The book offers thought-provoking information and ideas for all organizations and will be a helpful resource for many library patrons. --Mary Whaley

About the Author

Rodd Wagner is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People. A contributor to Forbes, he is one of the foremost authorities on employee engagement and collaboration. Wagner's books, speeches, and thought leadership focus on how human nature affects business strategy. He currently serves as vice president of employee engagement strategy at BI Worldwide.

Wagner is a confidential advisor to senior executives on the best ways to increase their personal effectiveness and their organizations' performance. His work has taken him to a fiberglass factory in Brazil, a vehicle engineering facility in India, a paper warehouse in Poland, a home improvement store in Wales, a medical device design site in Germany, a pharmaceutical firm in Switzerland, the Pentagon, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and the attack submarine USS California.

Wagner is author (with Dr. Gale Muller) of Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life and author (with Dr. James K. Harter) of the book 12: The Elements of Great Managing. Wagner's books have been published in 10 languages and his work featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, ABC News, BusinessWeek, CNBC.com, and the Globe and Mail and National Post in Canada, and parodied in Dilbert.

Wagner holds an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Utah Graduate School of Business. He was formerly a principal of Gallup, the research director of the Portland Press Herald and WGME-TV in Maine, a reporter and news editor for The Salt Lake Tribune, and a radio talk show host. When not writing or consulting, he enjoys running, fly-fishing, and snowboarding. 
 
             
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; First Printing edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159562029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620293
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rodd Wagner is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book "Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People." A contributor to Forbes, he is one of the foremost authorities on employee engagement and collaboration. Wagner's books, speeches, and thought leadership focus on how human nature affects business strategy. He currently serves as vice president of employee engagement strategy at BI Worldwide.

Wagner is a confidential advisor to senior executives on the best ways to increase their personal effectiveness and their organizations' performance. His work has taken him to a fiberglass factory in Brazil, a vehicle engineering facility in India, a paper warehouse in Poland, a home improvement store in Wales, a medical device design site in Germany, a pharmaceutical firm in Switzerland, the Pentagon, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and the attack submarine USS California.

Wagner is author (with Dr. Gale Muller) of "Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life" and author (with Dr. James K. Harter) of the book "12: The Elements of Great Managing." Wagner's books have been published in 10 languages and his work featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, USA Today, ABC News, BusinessWeek, CNBC.com, and the Globe and Mail and National Post in Canada, and parodied in Dilbert.

Wagner holds an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Utah Graduate School of Business. He was formerly a principal of Gallup, the research director of the Portland Press Herald and WGME-TV in Maine, a reporter and news editor for The Salt Lake Tribune, and a radio talk show host. When not writing or consulting, he enjoys running, fly-fishing, and snowboarding.

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The Power of 2 is a wonderful mix of research, stories and practical guidance to improve the partnerships in anyone's life. This is a book for all. The themes presented to strengthen partnerships can be applied to business, social, and marital relationships and can even be applied to your relationship with your children.

Gallup research shows that there are eight elements of a powerful partnership; complementary strengths, common mission, fairness, trust, acceptance, forgiveness, communicating and unselfishness. Rodd Wagner (the author of the bestselling 12: The Elements of Great Managing) and Gale Muller write in a wonderful style that brings to life through stories and real life examples the findings of this research and provides glimpses into powerful partnerships like Michael Eisner and Frank Wells of Disney; Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft who crossed 1,7 78 miles of Antarctica in 97 days; Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman and Amod Tversky in their study of decision making and Karl Malone and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz professional basketball team.

If you are interested in reaching excellence in your partnerships this is the book for you.
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Gallup's earlier books helped me be more cognizant of the differences in people within the workplace as well without. It is amazing how much better one can interact with people when you understand the differences in the individuals' strengths. In Power of 2, Wagner and Muller focus Gallup's strengths research on the issue of improving partnerships. There is a lot to be learned here to help maximize your partnerships, understand who brings what to the table, and how you can use that knowledge to drive productivity and collaboration. It is an enjoyable read with clever analogies, humorous examples, and sage advice.
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Over the past two decades, Gallup has conducted exhaustive research on human nature and productivity in the workplace. In "Power of 2," Gallup executives Rodd Wagner and Gale Muller share the secrets of a successful partnership based on their groundbreaking research on collaboration. If you want to have a great partnership, then this book was written for you.

Wagner and Muller detail the eight elements required for partners to succeed - complementary strength, common mission, fairness, trust, acceptance, forgiveness, communicating, and unselfishness. They also weave rich histories of successful collaborations - Utah Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton, Disney's Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, Orville and Wilbur Wright (who won the flip of the coin to fly first?), John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and many more - throughout the book to underscore key learnings

"If you want to have great partnerships, be a great partner. Get beyond yourself. Give up the notion that you are well-rounded, and stop expecting your colleagues to be universally proficient. Incorporate someone else's motivations into your view of the accomplishment. Loosen up. Put aside your competitive nature, your prepackaged view of how the thing should be done, and your desire not to be inconvenienced with the imperfections of a fellow human being. Focus more on what you do for the partnership than what you get from it. Demonstrate trust in more people, and see if they don't surprise you with their trustworthiness. Be slower to anger and quicker to forgive. And along the way, communicate continuously."

I have had numerous successful collaborations throughout my life and can attest to the positive role they have played in my life. We were made for collaboration.
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Power of 2 is a wonderful book which serves as a reminder to value, individualize and reinforce both work partnerships, as well as, social partnerships. With Gallup's research to back up the content, it's a great recipe for reinforcing, or even creating, successful relationships with others. My favorite message in the book is the emphasis placed on the idea that no one individual is great at everything, but we should celebrate our individual strengths, and partner with those who compliment us and make the partnership well-rounded, not the individual. Great book!
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We all deal with key partnerships in our work, our personal relationships, and in important other areas of our lives (passions, hobbies, volunteering and more). In The Power of 2, the authors give a balanced, scientific view of the elements that are key to a lasting, long term relationship with a partner. If you have experienced the "flow" of a good partnership, or been locked into a poor one, you will recognize the importance of this book. The book is a great one for experienced "old hands" or those just starting out in the world of partnering.

Strong recommendation for this book - if everyone maximized their partnerships, the world would take a big leap forward.
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I found this book hard to put down. What struck me immediately is the application of the Power of 2 not only to work situations bu to life in general. Loved the great stories using real people. Read it.
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The book is very impressive and describes how good partnerships are formed and the importance of developing and having a second person in the organization. If you read Rodd Wagner's book 12 The Elements of Great Managing then this book won't be as impressive. It is however a great book with some great insights especially related to partnerships and the type of partner you should look for when starting a business.
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