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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0785288740
  • ASIN: B001M5UJ0I
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,333,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With more than seven million copies of 30-odd titles in print, preacher turned leadership guru Maxwell is a one-man publishing empire. His latest follows the proven format—a series of short, friendly sermons filled with plainspoken common sense. This time, Maxwell takes on interpersonal skills, saying, "All of life's successes come from initiating relationships with the right people and then strengthening those relationships by using good people skills." The book offers 25 chapter-based "People Principles" that explore how to prepare oneself for relationships, focus on others, build trust, invest in others and create win-win relationships. The quality of the content varies. Some chapters, like "The Confrontation Principle" with its six-step "road map for healthy confrontation," are concise, thoughtful and original. Others (particularly in the later sections, where the book starts to run out of steam), such as "The Partnership Principle," are more like motivational talks and offer few practical takeaways. Each principle is introduced with two to three pages featuring a familiar figure—Abraham Lincoln, Barbara Walters, Ben Franklin, Angelina Jolie, etc.—or a personal story from the author's life. Maxwell concludes each principle with a page of discussion questions, which should prove useful since the book doesn't lend itself to a cover-to-cover read and is probably best swallowed one principle at a time, with some reflection in between.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 12 million books. His organizations have trained more than one million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of Injoy Stewardship Services and EQUIP. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. You can find him at JohnMaxwell.com and follow him at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell.

Customer Reviews

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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Roy Massie on September 29, 2005
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Winning With People takes the reader on a 360-degree tour of our interactions with other people. The book is built around five questions designed to stimulate self-reflection. This helps us see ourselves as others see us and to see them as valuable even when we do not agree or understand them. I suspect almost anyone can find something, perhaps many things, in this book to help them grow in interpersonal skills. Maxwell insists that we be authentic and even sacrificial in our relationships to get along with others. He is absolutely right to instruct us that meeting someone half-way simply is not good enough. If we value the other person (and why shouldn't we?) half-way is just a half hearted approach and the other person will eventually perceive our lack of care towards them.

Maxwell helped me see most of our relational problems are in ourselves. I must take ownership of my shortcomings and strive to correct them. Along with my own housecleaning I must learn to build healthy relationships with others accepting that they too have housecleaning needs they may or may not ever address. Failure in either area on my part (housecleaning or skills building) can quickly destroy relationships I am currently blessed with. The first priority is learning how not to destroy relationships (get the beam out of my own eye), then learn to build good ones.

Maxwell's straightforward style reaches out to everyone using interpersonal examples from sports, pastoring, business, gangsters, marriage, Abraham Lincoln and other great leaders. Also, if you like to collect great quotes as I do, you will find dozens of good ones here (several from honest Abe).

I enjoyed reading the book but I have a few bones to pick that might bother some readers more or less so than they did me.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on June 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
According to John C. Maxwell, author of WINNING WITH PEOPLE

"Our ability to build and maintain

human relationships is the single most important factor in how we get

along--in every area of our life."

Maxwell shows how this can be done in this book in this, his latest book,

provided that you use the 25 people principles that he clearly presents.

In reading it, I felt like I had in front of me an updated version HOW

TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE--the Dale Carnegie

classic . . . what makes WINNING so valuable was the fact that it

has many examples that can be applied to any aspect of our work

lives; e.g., this one:

The best way to keep from stepping on other people's toes is to put

yourself in their shoes. In the 1930's, American Airways, which later

became American Airlines, had a tremendous problem with complaints

from passengers about lost luggage. LaMotte Cohn, general manager

of the airline at that time, tired to get his station managers to overcome

this issue, but he saw little progress. Finally he came upon an idea

to help the airline's personnel to see things from their customers' points

of view. Cohn asked all of the station managers from across the country

to fly to company headquarters for a meeting. Then he made sure that

every manager's luggage was lost in transit. Afterward, the airline

suddenly made a huge leap of efficiency in that area.

I also liked how Maxwell used humor to make other points, such as

in the case with this story:

A middle-aged man entered a cocktail lounge and walked directly

to the bar.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Shane A. Brewer on May 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book I've read by John Maxwell and I must say I was very impressed with this book. "Winning With People" identifies several strategies that you can use to help improve all of your relationships including business, marriage, and friendships.

Each chapter starts out with a story that illustrates the point for the chapter, which is then followed with a point-by-point description of each principle. John Maxwell also includes a variety of personal experiences he has had (including several failures and hard lessons) which makes it easy to identify with him.

I honestly could not find anything bad to say about this book. The organization, delivery, and style is flawless.

Full of quotes, references to other books, and just plain good advice, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their relationships. 5 out of 5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author begins with asking the reader to do a self examination to determine "what is happening within us". Often, this is a key

to what motivates us and the rationale behind our actions and

choices. Next, he espouses the value of selecting win/win options or scenarios in order to gain greater consent. The author advises us to hire fewer people with greater potential and capacity for sustained work/ contribution to the enterprise. Service is espoused as an important value because it is the hallmark for attracting and retaining valued customers. Relationships are "cultivated" over longer time periods rather than the short term. The notion of cultivation implies a steady but certain incremental development of clients and employees which will make permanency more probable. It is important

to understand and have empathy with people in order to cultivate

relationships for the longer term. Lastly, the author asks that we "raise the bar" of our own personal standards both

qualitatively and quantitatively. The work provides us with

the basics, as well as the fine nuances with regard to winning with people. This book is a bit more structured than the

Andrew Carnegie works; however, the themes and ultimate objectives have substantial congruency.
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