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Be Nice, Just Like Your Mama Told You.,
This review is from: Instant Turnaround!: Getting People Excited About Coming to Work and Working Hard (Hardcover)
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Remember back when you were a little kid, probably around kindergarten age, and your Mama said, "Be Nice. Nobody likes a bully." Later on, Mama or Grammy said things like "You can always find the best in people if you just look." Finally, you might have heard, "You can catch more flies with sugar than you can with vinegar!"
(Then again, maybe it's only my immigrant mother and foreign grandparents who talked like that)
In a nutshell, "Be Nice" is the entire lesson that this book teaches. It takes what you learned in preschool or kindergarten and dumbs it down to a level that even a CEO could understand. It also gives them a nice smack upside the head with the only thing that will get their attention: money.
_Instant Turnaround_ is as plain as that: Be Nice to people and you will get more money. Sounds simple, huh? Well, from the horror stories I've read from people living all over the US and Canada, most upper level executives missed the lesson the day it was covered in school. This book helps them pick up where they should have been all along. It uses the story of a fictional HR manager at a magazine who is challenged by her boss to find a new way of managing people that will earn him more money. Oh So Coincidentially, Ms. HR person is a widow who just happened to go out with the current head of the most profitable airline in the US, a man who just happens to use the "Be Nice" method of management. Except they call it "Destination: Work."
The story then follows the HR person as she attempts to bring niceness into her workplace. I won't give away the ending of course, but they all lived happily ever after.
I gave the book four stars because it does work. Be nice to people and they will do more for you. But I had a few serious misgivings: the book is written at about an eighth grade level, from what I can see; it has great big type that I could read across the room, and the story was very, very predictable.
Even so, if you have the guts, it would be the perfect gift to give to the grumpiest CEO you know. Hey, it could work... right? (But be smart - make it an anonymous gift)