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The Power of Respect [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Norville
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Book Description

Want respect from others? Scientific research says, try giving it.

There is power in respect. And it comes with multiple benefits.

In business:

  • Higher sales
  • Lower employee turnover
  • Less exposure to lawsuits

At home:

  • A stronger marriage
  • Healthier family dynamics
  • More polite children

In your personal life:

  • More self-respect and confidence
  • Closer friendships
  • Higher standing in the community

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.

In The Power of Respect Norville details the specific dollar savings in business and dramatic improvements in student test scores that are directly attributable to respect. She says, "Now that I've seen the research done by some of the greatest minds in the field, I am stunned to see the impact of being respected and giving respect. I am also mystified. Why wouldn't someone want to put it to work?"

Respect tips, sprinkled throughout the text, and Respect Reminders, at the end of each chapter, add to the clarity of the message and help reinforce the personal benefits. Start practicing this most overlooked ingredient of success and find out what it means for you!

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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.

Amazon Exclusive: A Message to Readers from Deborah Norville

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Q6XWEW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reminder; OK Book October 30, 2009
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:


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
4.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Worthy of Respect October 5, 2009
By M. Fry
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Deborah Norville R E S P E C T ! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars More people should read this book 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,

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea for a book, poorly executed. 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repect is Good November 11, 2009
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We were all taught the Golden Rule (or most of us were). We were all taught you get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. This book contains numerous anecdotes which reinforce those fundamental teachings. Nice guys can finish first. There are statistics that show that if you treat your employees well, they are less likely to quit and more likely to do a good job. If you are respectful to your spouse and kids you are more likely to have a happy home than if you ignore them or treat them badly. If you gently inculcate respect in your children, they are more likely to turn out well. This is not exactly breaking news.

Whether all of this can be put under the heading of "Respect" is a question. If a teacher takes time to evaluate the needs of a child and designs a special program for him, is the teacher being respectful? Or kind or competent or creative? What could as easily be called kindness or sterling character are referred to as "respect" in this book. Well, okay. But is it ever not a good idea to be respectful? That is really not discussed. Kennedy supposedly found being respectful to Krushchev at their first meeting was a recipe for disaster. In some contexts, rare ones I hope, respect can come across as weakness. People who are too respectful of superiors may not be serving the organization or the larger community well. When is too much respect for authority not a good thing? This book won't tell you.

This is a nice book which will probably read by nice people to remind them to be even nicer. I guess a reminder is a good idea. There are no original ideas here, no grappling with troubling issues, not even any mild surprises. I found this book by turns heart warming and boring. I wish I liked this book more--it's a good hearted, thoroughly nice book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars too many ads!
this book feels like a series of advertisements for businesses such as "Dr Goldstein's dentistry". I have no respect for this commercialized method... Read more
Published 8 months ago by book shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent
Like so many good books I've read recently (Kindle text-to-voice, connected to car audio, while driving ooh yeah! Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. E. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book by Deborah Norville
Although it is not as great as Deborah Norville's book on the POWER OF THANK YOU this book is a really good read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Naomi C. Sturtevant
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, I would recommend.
Many good thoughts, nice writing style. I will try to put some of her thoughts into my life each day.
Published 19 months ago by Book reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
Mutual respect is covered adequately. It is written clearly and simply. Coverage of different situation is expansive, and this detracts somewhat, if a person is focusing on say,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Philip G. Rochford
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect Delivers
The Power of Respect has something for everyone. You've heard it all before and its just about plain common sense for people of good will. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Dinj
3.0 out of 5 stars A look at respect and how crucial it is in everyday life
'The Power of Respect' by Deborah Norville also says on the front cover 'Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success'. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Dr JOY Madden
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Message but Not Great Presentation
I absolutely agree that respect is critical for our society - and each individual within our society - to thrive. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Lisa Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for anyone who interacts with the human race!
Deborah Norville tackles a huge issue in our society that she believe is disappearing from our fabric as people - respect. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by Cynthia Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars R-E-S-P-E-C-T
The Power of Respect is an amazing book.
Deborah explains from her own personal experiences and work environment, how crucial respect is. Read more
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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 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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