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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: PALLIUM BOOKS (July 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965514846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965514842
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Defines explanations for your own successes and failures. I recommend this for anyone who deals with people." Hank Goldberg" -- ESPN-TV, 1997

"I love your characters, and I learn and learn and learn." Renae Tolbert -- Simpson College 1998

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The Great Connection now has a companion piece: A Personal Action Guide focusing on Relationships. This interactive workbook was written at the request of readers of The Great Connection who wanted to gain more insight into themselves and others. Published in October, 2003, it is already in use at the University of Scranton. We take pride in the fact that Mr. Warren's books have been translated into 9 languages.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elaine M. Tweedy on January 18, 2005
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EXCELLENT resource for college age students to learn how to interact and gain interpersonal skills. Easy to read (you can finish it in one day) and understand, this book describes how to best communicate with four different styles of individuals. I use this book as a supplement to my management text in college level courses. This is one book students ALWAYS FINISH!!!!! Can't say enough about it.....READ IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Sweet on February 4, 2005
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The Great Connection turned out to be The Great Captivator! I'm one of those who enjoys 'stretching' a good book over time, but I just couldn't put this one down from the moment I dove into the first chapter. Four hours later, I sat back amazed that I had read this book cover to cover in one sitting and, not only enjoyed a great story, but discovered some very important life lessons. The author has done a tremendous job weaving insightful information into a page-turning story.

If you have a pulse, you'll love this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on September 16, 2008
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Hippocrates was the first one to observe that people tend to fall into four behavioral styles. So what if your team members could really nail those four styles? What if you could dramatically increase their effectiveness with customers, partners, donors, board members and colleagues? What if they were better listeners?

It's subtitled "A Story That Reveals Life's Most Vital Lesson: How to Connect With Others--Especially Yourself." That's the big idea behind this book. Know yourself--because you are your highest priority, says Warren. Then understand both the effective traits and the ineffective traits of your style and the other three styles. (Can you name your top-5 most ineffective traits?) It's all about connecting and adapting to other styles--and, as you'll see in this book, the results can be amazing.

The book is not boring theory. It's a quick-reading business story about a radio talk show host that is superb at interviewing guests--but doesn't know what he doesn't know about the four styles: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. (They correspond to the four styles of Drivers, Expressives, Amiables and Analyticals--as described in the People Bucket in my book, Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-profit.)

Plus, there's a bonus insight on how to listen (culled from the talk show host's years of interviewing). That section alone is golden. Step 1: Tell me about...; Step 2: Signposts; Step 3: Brief inserts; Step 4: Pause; and Step 5: Summarize. Read that chapter and you'll never listen the same way again. Guaranteed.

Before you pass on this book, ask yourself:
1. Can I describe the behavioral styles of my boss and four people I supervise or work with? Which person is the best listener? Why?
2. What would happen if I became really, really proficient at understanding both the effective traits and the ineffective traits of my boss?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Team Player on June 28, 2014
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I love this book. It is such a great read it was difficult to put it down. It really points out the importance of connecting with people and why so many people miss out on this great part of life. Everyone should read this book and its sequel "Devon".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paulette Swan on July 8, 2013
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Several of us in our company were recently DiSC certified.
This book really gives you the "connection" between the DiSC styles.
It was an easy read. I read it during a BlackHawks playoff game.
I recommend that if you want to know about the DiSC styles, read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Joel Swartzentruber on June 13, 2013
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This book reads in an interesting parable form and teaches life long lessons about how to interact with others. I would recommend reading this along with Personality Plus by Florence Littauer. Altogether it was a fantastic book and I came away with a new-found knowledge of how to get along better with my fellow man!
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