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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Executive Books (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937539309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937539309
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Smith--businessman, consultant, lecturer--is president of Fred Smith Associates, a Dallas-based food packaging firm. He was born in Huntington, Tennessee in 1915. At age twenty-six he became head of Industrial Relations for General Shoe Corporation, responsible for twenty-six plants and over one hundred retail stores. Eight years later, he became vice president of Powell Valve Company. Then after five years, he became vice president of operations for the Gruen Watch Company, a position he held until he opened his own firm in 1955.Fred Smith currently writes a column for "Leadership" journal, but "You and Your Network" is his first book. He has served on more than twenty boards and trusteeships, including Cummings Incorporated and The Turner Foundation. He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree and was awarded the Lawrence Appley award of the American Management Association. For many years he was active in the leadership of a laymen's Leadership Institute, chai! rman of the national board of Youth for Christ, and memeber of the executive committee of Christianity Today, Inc. He was chairman for Billy Graham's first Cincinnati crusade. He has been consultant to such corporations as GENESCO, Mobil, and Caterpillar, and has lectured in over twenty universities and forty-six states and foreign countries.He and his wife, Mary Alice, have three grown children--Brenda (Mrs. Richard E. Horch), Fred, Jr., and Mary Helen (Mrs. I. S. Noland, Jr.). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin Gaither on March 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Much to my surprise, and delight, I discovered after reading the first few pages that Fred Smith's work is not a manual on what clubs to join and how to select party guests. It's a thorough discussion on how to get the most value out the brief time we have on earth. Smith unapologetically uses his daily Christian walk to illustrate how to obtain real success in business, pleasure, family and personal relationships, and spirtual growth. In fairness to the reader, Smith is generous in sharing his failures as well as his successes. For the greatest benefit, read the entire book. Then, using the chapter titles as a guide, go back and study the parts you really need. Fred Smith's book was a personal "mission statement" years before the term was coined.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sanborn on November 26, 1999
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I first read this book in the late 80's. It became a favorite. I've started rereading it...something I rarely do for any book. The ideas are simple, yet profound. Nothing gimmicky or hokey here...just sound advice from a highly successful person. I think so much of the book I've bought a box full to give as gifts to clients and friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on November 9, 2007
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Relationships should be as planned as any other part of an intentional life because they're so prominent in determining destiny and life quality. Fred Smith leaves no human relationships uncovered as he includes family and enemies in his discussion. In making his case early in the book, he writes, ""Great achievers have always understood the necessity of organized assistance." And in pointing out that the process is two-way, he adds, "As we are willing to serve others, others are anxious to repay our service."

The focus on serving other people takes on a poignant emphasis in the section on friends as he tells readers that maturity in a relationship can be observed by the success of the other party. A true friend responds with delight at the other's success, not with hidden jealousy or envy. True friends are interested in each other for who they are, not out of an intent on impressing one another. Friendship, like any other valued relationship requires time and energy.

In the chapter on relating to one's enemies he has an insightful quote from Steve Brown, i.e., "We have the right to hate whatever God hates." He adds, "God hates wrong but not people." He distinguishes between behavior and human beings.

Hans Selye's research is cited a couple of times in the book. He found that the emotions associated with gratitude have a positive effect on people, while emotions related to vengence have the most harming effects. A touching story of Dr.Albert Schweitzer's reverence for life is given to illustrate how small things can be scared for astute observers.

In talking about family relationship he explains how roles change and parents eventually learn from their children.
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By joyce turner on June 4, 2014
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I bought this book last fall for my self, enjoyed it very much so ordered one for my daughters birthday
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