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Productive Relationships: 57 Strategies for Building Stronger Business Connections Hardcover – December 1, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Hannacroix Creek Books (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889262633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889262635
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,395,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan Yager, the former J.L. (Janet Lee) Barkas, grew up in Bayside, Queens, New York, that borough in New York City where musicians Simon & Garfunkle hail from. Jan went away to college, first, to the State University of New York at Buffalo, returning to Queens briefly to study acting at the Gene Frankel Theater Workshop in Manhattan. Jan soon returned to college,finishing up her degree in fine arts at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Writing has been one of Jan's favorite ways to spend her time since her earliest years. she wrote a novel at ten and a full-length play at thirteen. Jan worked on the junior high school and high school newspapers as a reporter. She had her first short story published in her college literary magazine.

Her academic credentials include a doctorate in sociology from The City University of New York Graduate Center. Her dissertation was on friendship patterns. She also has an MA in criminal justice from Goddard College and a year of graduate work in art therapy at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.Since her mmid-twenties, Jan's taught at various college and universities including The New School, Temple University, St. John's University, The New York Institute of Technology, Penn State, and, most recently, the University of Connecticut.

Jan's first published book was THE VEGETABLE PASSION: A HISTORY OF THE VEGETARIAN STATE OF MIND, published by Scribner's in the U.S. and Routledge & Kegan Paul in the UK. Her other nonfiction titles include VICTIMS; WHEN FRIENDSHIP HURTS; FRIENDSHIFTS; WORK LESS, DO MORE (2nd edition); BUSINESS PROTOCOL; GROW GLOBAL; THE FAST TRACK GUIDE TO SPEAKING IN PUBLIC; three novels, THE PRETTY ONE; UNTIMELY DEATH; and JUST YOUR EVERYDAY PEOPLE; as well as children's books, journals, including BIRTHDAY TRACKER & JOURNAL, and poems (IN LOVE AND WORK: Poems).

Jan has worked in the publishing industry over the years beginning with her years in her early twenties in the school division at Macmillan Publishing followed by a year doing everything from editing, acquisitions, foreign rights, permissions, sales, and publicity at Grove Press.
She's traveled and read extensively to research her books. Jan also writes articles, blogs, and business writing, like press releases.
For more on Jan, go to:
http://www.drjanyager.com (her main website)

Over the years, Jan's been published by major houses including Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, Prentice-Hall, Facts on File, and other companies. She's been translated into 30 languages. In 1996, she founded the small press, Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. (http://www.hannacroixcreekbooks.com)

She's been on author tours throughout the U.S. as well as internationally throughout the UK, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Talk shows that have asked Jan to appear to share her insights include THE VIEW, OPRAH, the TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA,CNN,and other programs.

Jan's married to communications executive and fellow author Fred Yager. They have two grown sons and a grandson.

"I'm often asked what book I've written that I've enjoyed writing the most. That's such a hard question to answer! Of course I have my favorites, but it's also the new book that I'm working on that I'm most excited about since it's still taking shape. Each book represents its own challenges. It is so rewarding when a reader shares with me how one of my books provided new insights or, in the case of my fiction, poetry, or children's book, was enjoyable and memorable."

Jan's co-authored several screenplays with her husband Fred including a romantic comedy, two thrillers, and a buddy movie. Her dream is to get one of their screenplays produced as well as to see her full-length play, BETWEEN FRIENDS, produced.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Murphy on January 16, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
It's wonderful to have a resource for navigating and getting the most out of business relationships - especially since these things certainly are never taught in school. This book is very comprehensive, encompassing 57 detailed strategies for having healthy and functional workplace relationships. Readers are encouraged throughout to assess themselves to see where they currently stand in their workplace relationships, and what they would like to change or improve. One thing that I found particularly helpful was the list of characteristics of functional vs. dysfunctional workplaces, which provides a great "reality check" by laying out specific standards for what a functional (or dysfunctional) workplace looks like. Also very helpful to me were the lists of "characters" or personality types that you may encounter at work - such as "The Vampire," "The It's-Not-My-Fault Blameless Type," or conversely "The Mentor" or "The Believer." Also included are strategies for getting along with and interacting with each type in the most beneficial ways. Even if you are self-employed, this book will have something for you. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nite Rabbit on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Jan Yager researched the psychology and sociology of work relationships including first impressions, communication, leaving, being the boss, and more. New team members will be alerted to personality types and will get a preview of the workplace through interview excerpts. Readers who are currently working can benefit from Dr. Yager's suggestions as well by reevaluating their approach to coworkers and situations. Productive Relationships is a very insightful book for anyone who works.
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Format: Paperback
Jan Yager's new book "Productive Relationships" is a definite winner. There is a conversational tone that causes the reader to feel that Dr. Yager genuinely cares about his or her well-being at work and beyond; she is professional yet warm, a mentor within the covers of a book. From 57 applicable strategies to making work relationships productive, one can choose which strategies to immediately adopt and which ones to come back to later. The many personal stories included in this book also provide an inside perspective on so many of the "types" you may encounter in the workplace especially vampire bosses and even the loneliness of CEO's. Reading "Productive Relationships" made me stop and realize that, yes, even bosses are human; and so their feelings are just as legitimate as yours. The overall message of this excellent book is that everyone you do business with deserves respect, and that it is necessary to cooperate with others while also remaining confident of your own abilities. Stellar advice and an easy read!
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Productive Relationships is one of the most useful business advice books out there. The strategies provided by Dr. Jan Yager, an experienced entrepreneur and sociologist, are extremely helpful to all readers, whether experienced in their fields or just entering the world of business. With expertise and finesse, Dr. Yager walks the reader through different hurdles that can occur in the work place, such as personality types that may make forming productive relationships challenging, communicating with more proficiency, becoming a team player, conflict management and conflict competent organization. The author provides easy to follow tips that come from years of experience and study that will yield positive results to whomever reads and adheres to the advice found in this book. The strategy I found most helpful to me personally is Strategy number 16, 'Going from "Me" to "We": Becoming more of a team player.' When working, I have always tended to rely on just myself and found difficulty in accepting different viewpoints. The advice contained in this useful book assisted me in opening myself up more to the opinions of others and to work better in a team. Productive Relationships is the key to a satisfying professional environment and a boundless professional future.
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Format: Hardcover
A friendly workplace is a productive workplace. "Productive Relationships: 57 Strategies for Building Stronger Business Connections" is a guide for leaders to deal with the challenges of business and how to get the most out partnerships in business and make the most out of good relationships throughout the business world in a person to person manner. With tips on dealing with the worst of people int he workplace, improving relationships on your end, and making better networking, "Productive Relationships" is a useful and empowering read, very highly recommended.
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