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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785227601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785227601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Respect, a lost value in our world today, is the latest subject of research for Inside Edition anchor and best-selling author Deborah Norville. Citing scientific studies and using stories based on personal interviews, Norville makes a compelling case for the Power of Respect--the simple act of treating people as though they really matter.

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Respect. Thanks to Aretha, we all know how to spell it, but lately there seems to be less and less of it in society. My job as anchor of Inside Edition provides me the opportunity to report the latest examples of disrespect in society--and lately there have been plenty. My frustration over what seemed like an endless drumbeat of these stories (Balloon boy, Kanye Wilson, Jon & Kate, Congressional Representative Wilson shouting at the President) prompted me to uncover the academic proof that treating others with respect boomerangs benefits BACK to you. In business, education, personal relationships, the Power of Respect is undeniable. Whether it's saving money in business, helping kids score higher on academic tests, or solidify relationships--the Power of Respect has benefits for anyone who makes a point of practicing the Golden Rule.

--Deborah Norville



About the Author

Deborah Norville is the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation’s longest running, top-rated syndicated newsmagazine with five million viewers. The two-time Emmy-Award winner and lecturer is also a New York Times best-selling author. She and her husband have three children.

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It was a very easy to read and follow book.
Dawn Bailey
Having self-respect, and also showing respect for others, can have tremendous power, as illustrated by the many examples and anecdotes in this book.
Liane Hogan
Its hard to read this book cover to cover in one seating.
ruks

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence W. Wilson on October 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is somewhat interesting but by no means compelling. The central point--that our lives would be better if we showed greater respect to others--is worth hearing again, though it may have made a better magazine article than hardcover book.

Deboarah Norville, best known as a television personality, currently the host of Inside Edition, has collected an array of anecdotes and statistics that support her thesis. She applies the theme to six arenas:

Home
Relationships
School
Work
Leadership
Self

One strength of the book is the practical tips offered for cultivating respect in these areas of life; for example: Define rules for your children; Brag about your partner in front of others; and Give employees a voice in the workplace.

The weakness of the book is that there seems to be nothing new or uniquely insightful. The thesis itself is the book.

Also, the font size is particularly small making it a bit difficult to read.

I hope Norville's message succeeds, yet I rate the book itself is a so-so read. Buy it if you want a helpful reminder of our need for civility in relationships. If you're looking for a more in-depth study or a highly practical manual for relationships or leadership, take a pass.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Fry on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do you receive an adequate amount of respect? Do you struggle with respecting others? Do you have a healthy perspective on respect, whether it is given or earned? Best selling author and well known journalist, Deborah Norville, offers a refreshing insight on a vital issue in society today... RESPECT.

In this time and age, respect is not easily achieved or granted. Which is why I was eager to crack open the crisp pages of "The Power of Respect" and I was not disappointed. I found myself giddy with glee when I discovered that the book covered a good portion of respect in marriage and parenting. I learned that respect starts right at home and we need to teach our children how to properly interact with others. I definitely recommend this book to people who need a gentle reminder on how to improve relationships and increase major productivity!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Staats on February 16, 2010
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Ms. Norville has written an excellent book that highlights how practicing the principle of having and acting on sincere respect for ourselves and those around us can have a tremendously positive affect on our own lives and society as a whole.

She masterfully weaves in both personal examples as well as anecdotes of and research by others to demonstrate where the power of respect has paid off in real-life applications.

Ms. Norville's writing style is personal, warm, and accessible. This book is an excellent reference for the entire family.

I would have given this book five stars, but I have one hang-up with its approach. The book is written from the perspective of enlightened self-interest. One can almost feel Ayn Rand in the background providing editorial direction. Ms. Norville clearly identifies herself as someone with a genuine, practiced spiritual background. I have no doubts that she is sincere and accurate in that self-description.

It feels like Ms. Norville is trying to appease a general public that would take offense at a book with a spiritual theme. The bottom-line really is that the reason to show genuine respect is not because of the perceived personal pay-off (i.e., enlightened self-interest); showing respect is simply the right thing to do.

The book's failure to embrace its moral roots softens its impact.

In service,

Rich
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HYATT - Amazon Buyer VINE VOICE on June 4, 2010
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This book was a refreshing look at the topic of the role of respect in our world today. Norville begins her discussion on respect by describing it as a "benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success." Using examples of real people, Norville explores how having respect for others, or the lack of respect, affects all of our lives.

The focus begins with looking at respect in the home. It continues by exploring the issue of respect in relationships, in schools, and in the business world. A special chapter is written for leaders. The book concludes with an encouraging discussion on self-respect. Throughout the book, the use of quotes, checklists, and the many personal stories help all of us gain an appreciation for maintaining a strong sense of respect or ourselves and others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meg VINE VOICE on November 24, 2009
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As one who notices the lack of respect in this country on an everyday basis, I was very much looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, what I hoped this book to be was not reality. The book itself is written much like a college freshman's first term paper - plenty of quotes and personal experience, but lacking in analysis. At worst it seemed to be written as a Chicken Soup for the Soul book - a collection of short stories. I kept hoping as I read that there would be more to it, but there wasn't. I give credit to Ms. Norville for the concept, however it could have been realized in a much more cohesive fashion.
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I was drawn to this book for purely selfish reasons, I have been affected where I work by the new company attitude of "Zero Respect" for all employees in my division. While that is not an actual policy written in the operating procedures, it sure does feel like it is. I am in management and I have gotten used to cycles of more or less respect for my work and the work of my team, sometimes things are good, sometimes they are not. I try hard to keep that from effecting my team. I understand the economy is bad and unemployment is very high, but we still need to do our jobs. And I needed some help to keep me motivated, so I could in turn keep my team motivated. It is very hard to stay motivated when we get told in a threatening way "just be glad you still have a job", and how is that supposed to make me more productive?

This book helped. There are many very short stories and examples in this book. Some are very good, and motivating, some not so much. Maybe the story about Sandy Weill should have been edited out? While I am happy he has a respectful marriage, I think his time as CEO of Citigroup could have turned out better for its customers if he had more respect for customers than he did for making money at any cost. But at least he is nice to his wife, so the author gives him a pass?

The book is very repetitive, but that is okay because it helps to reinforce an important topic. Its a decent book to leave laying around because you can just pick it up and start reading anywhere for a quick reminder of the importance of respect. Respect is huge. Its importance cannot be understated. Look around this world and almost every instance of evil or neglect you can find, can be traced back to a lack of respect. At least that's my opinion, but I could be wrong.
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More About the Author

Deborah Norville is a veteran broadcast journalist with nearly three decades reporting experience. The anchor of the nation's top-rated syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition, she is credited with bringing new strength and respect to the program. Inside Edition is regularly seen by roughly five million daily viewers nationwide, as well as 30 foreign countries.

Norville brings curiosity and energy to her work. She made national headlines and received awards for her gripping reporting from inside the Davidson County, NC jail, reputed to be the nation's toughest. There Norville lived behind bars, treated like any other inmate to give viewers a rare glimpse at what jail life is really like. Her eye opening reports underscored how little 'rehabilitation' truly goes on.

She stepped behind a microphone to give viewers the inside story on the music business. Writing and recording a pop song and later shooting the music video to go with it. She has taken her viewers in an F-16 over the destruction of the World Trade Towers in 2001 and brought them to the crash site in Colombia where only four people survived the horrific crash of an American Airlines jet. Norville also conducted the first interview with Paula Jones after her lengthy legal battle with President Bill Clinton.

Deborah Norville is also an accomplished author. Her first book, Back on Track: How To Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You A Curve (Simon & Schuster, 1997), a motivational self-help book which draws upon her experiences at NBC's Today Show. I Don't Want To Sleep Tonight (1999, Golden Books) offers children and their parents suggestions to keep scary dreams away at night. It became one of Golden Books strongest sellers. I Can Fly (2001, Golden Books) followed with advice on building children's self esteem.

Norville is a sought after lecturer, speaking on current events, work/family balance and motivation. Her website www.dnorville.com offers advice for busy moms (including menus and shopping lists), homework tips, and observations of the world around us. She and her husband, Karl Wellner, have three children.



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