- Series: People Tools (Book 2)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590792874
- ISBN-13: 978-1590792872
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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People Tools for Business Paperback – September 30, 2014
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We all want to be happy and successful at work and in our lives. In his new book, Alan Fox shares invaluable insights that can help you make a career out of being happy.(Tony Hsieh, author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com Endorsement)
This book is like Dale Carnegie on steroids.(Small Business Trends)
Anyone who yearns for success in both business and life will discover an exceptional guide in Alan C. Fox.(Dana Ardi, author of The Fall of the Alphas and founder of Corporate Anthropology Advisors Endorsement)
With refreshing candor, Alan Fox shares the invaluable lessons that he has garnered over an extremely successful, forty-five-year career.(Brent Kessel, CEO, Abacus Wealth Partners and author of It’s Not About the Money Endorsement)
Wise and playful. These charmingly straightforward and practical tools will assist you and add joy to your business life.(Jack Kornfield, author and founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center Endorsement)
Maya Angelou would love this book. Why? Because as she said, ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,’ and People Tools is so rich with wonderful stories that you won't forget the lessons in it, because of how Alan Fox makes you feel.(Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen Endorsement)
Fox is a die-hard optimist, and his enthusiasm, good humor, and belief that all situations can improve for the better carries over into this sequel to the bestselling People Tools. Designed to appeal to people at all levels of business, from student to manager to retiree, this guide to constant self-improvement urges readers up the "glass staircase." A play on the "glass ceiling," this phrase refers to steps which any person can take to reach the top. The five stairs are Confidence, Home, Education, Assertiveness, and Passion - CHEAP. The book's concept is a toolbox, comprising 50 "people tools" that will help readers achieve more in business and life. Illustrating his points with entertaining stories from his own life, Fox encourages readers to adopt tools such as "advertise your mistakes," "don't run out of cash," "be a contrarian", don't try to be right all the time, and focus on the future. The tone is homey but not condescending, and the mix of practical, emotional and behavioral tools make this a guide likely to inspire across the board. "You are the sole proprietor of your own life," proclaims Fox - and it's hard to imagine the reader who wouldn't respond to this upbeat message. (Sept.)(Publishers Weekly)
Fox’s writing deserves to be read and contemplated by every businessperson who wants a fulfilling life and career.
In People Tools for Business, Alan C. Fox’s valuable insights and gems of wisdom are drawn from over forty-five years of successfully buying and selling commercial real estate, and provide sound guidance for those in the business community. But the advice applies equally to anyone open to learning solid concepts for day-to-day living.
Fox, who wrote the New York Times bestsellerPeople Tools, does not provide any shortcuts to wealth, hidden secrets for success, or insider tips on building an empire. Instead, the topics he covers supply valuable insights into often overlooked aspects of managing a thriving, balanced, and less-stressful business―or life. For, as Fox explains, “When you conduct your business and your life with care, each will blossom. When both your business and your life bloom, your coworkers, your family, and all around you will be truly alive, with strong hearts and thoughtful minds, and with the courage to persevere and thrive.”
Fox offers observations on subjects such as admitting mistakes, taking a different perspective on annual reviews, delegating, sticking to a budget, waiting to cool down before responding to negative messages, and avoiding litigation whenever possible. He also emphasizes the importance of “multigoaling” instead of multitasking, perseverance through hard times, and always being truthful to preserve trust. All fifty chapters are beneficial tools for building strong character as well as a solid business.
Although Fox crams his exceptional book with lots of information, he wisely breaks it into easily understandable portions that use everyday language instead of technical business terms. Each chapter is short (no more than five pages), but the key to the author’s writing is his ability to select the perfect illustrations from his life’s successes and failures and to weave them with the concepts he conveys. Even his musings on more morally based topics like being truthful or always keeping promises do not come across as preachy but rather like a favorite uncle passing on his wisdom.
As a highly successful businessman, Fox excels at making his point, supporting it with convincing anecdotes and insights, then quickly moving on to the next subject. He sees no need to drag out a chapter, preferring to pass along as much valuable information as he can on as wide a variety of topics as possible.
People Tools for Business fully delivers on the subtitle’s promise of 50 Strategies for Building Success, Creating Wealth, and Finding Happiness. Fox’s writing is crisp, informative, and engaging, and it deserves to be read and contemplated by every businessperson―indeed, every person―who truly wants to have a successful business and fulfilling life(Jeff Friend Foreword Book Reviews)
About the Author
Alan Fox has lived a long, successful, and joyful life. He has advanced degrees in accounting, law, education, and professional writing. He has expanded his commercial real estate company, ACF Property Management, Inc into a billion dollar enterprise since founding it in 1968. He founded Rattle Poetry Journal (in 1994), a nationally renowned publication. In 1999, he started The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, a non-profit that provides funding to youth education projects. And in the midst of all this, he has raised a large and loving family.
How did he do all this? Alan attributes his happiness and success to consistently applying his People Tools, the simple, practical life lessons that he’s accumulated—and practiced—over the years. Now at the ripe-old age of 74, Alan is dedicated to sharing his wisdom with as many people as possible through his writings, public talks, and media appearances.
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I'm going to get a copy for my niece which recently graduated from grad school and working in field that's not related to what she studied nor ultimately interested in doing.
I recommend it, but understand what one gets out of it largely depends on what they know already and personal tastes.