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100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, The: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It Paperback – November 7, 2006
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From "resist the urge to be average" to "speak slowly," psychologist and social scientist David Niven offers concise workplace and lifestyle advice in The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. Niven's "secrets" are based on research by psychologists and sociologists, which he cites in each entry. One study, for instance, observed that six in 10 managers lost friends who weren't promoted as quickly as they were, leading Niven to reassure readers that co-workers' bitterness is "a sincere but unpleasant form of flattery." Each tip also draws on the real-life experiences of successful business owners and other professionals.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Niven, Ph.D., bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series, is a psychologist and social scientist who teaches at Ohio State University.
David Niven, Ph.D., es el autor de los bestsellers internacionales Los 100 Secretos de la Gente Exitosa, y Los 100 Secretos de las Buenas Relaciones. Es psicólogo y científico social, y enseña en la Florida Atlantic University.
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Probably would have been more meaningful to focus on a few important areas (with lots of anecdotes and research to back them up) rather than aim to hit a magic "100" number.
The stories are not at all inspirational since they lack any real meat. They were more like a set of facts which may have sometimes been derived from a really good story, but left me thinking "So what?". The stories are too simple.
The "science" consists of a quick statistic. E.g., "The productivity of employees who score high in dedication to their career is 33 percent less likely to be affected by the quality of their managers than is the production of low-dedicated employees."
So, in short, the points are trivial, the stories don't work, and the so-called science is presented in a way that is generally useless. Very simplistic.