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According to successful authors and marketing business leaders Thaler and Koval, paying attention to the small things can improve your effectiveness in both personal and professional situations. Written in an appropriately succinct style, Thaler and Koval make a big deal of simple steps like paying better attention to what you're saying ("Bill Clinton... waits until he has come to the end of a sentence to shift his attention to another person") and picking up after yourself ("Professional organizer Molly Boren... says to put away three things in the morning and three things at night"). Some chapters are more professionally oriented, like a chapter on gaffes at work ("Little Mistakes Spell Disaster"), but widely-applicable, everyday advice gets much of the attention, as in the "Take Baby Steps" chapter: "Smaller, more attainable goals will also give you quicker, more frequent mini-rewards." Though not necessarily for front-to-back reading, quick dips should yield enough practical inspiration for most seekers. Clean, simple writing, familiar to anyone who picked up the authors' bestselling The Power of Nice, ensures a fast-paced reading experience, and an admirable example of the subtle, considered approach it advocates.
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Advance Praise for The Power of Small

 “Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval take on the conventional wisdom that bigger is better and show how thinking small gives you a true competitive advantage in life. For best results, get Small now. This little book can make a huge difference in your life.”
—James Patterson, bestselling author, former CEO of J. Walter Thompson

“I love this book! I’ve always known that little things make all the difference, and now Thaler and Koval have written a book to show you how to benefit from this powerful concept. If you read and apply the ideas in this small book, it will make a big difference in your success.”
—Mark Sanborn, bestselling author of The Fred Factor, President of Sanborn & Associates, Inc.

“Anyone who has tried to sleep with a mosquito in the room knows the impact of something small. But the positive impact of little things is even greater, as Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval show so elegantly in their latest book.”
—Deborah Norville

“Once you’ve read The Power of Small, you will never look at the world the same way again. When you re-orient your perspective to look for the magic in the little things, life’s mountains become manageable molehills.”
—Cynthia Nixon

“Anyone who is successful can look back at one small thing they did for someone or someone did for them that meant so much, and made the difference in their career. Those small things are what lay the foundation for success. That’s what this book is all about.” —Jay Leno
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385526555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
THE POWER OF SMALL reminded me a lot of John Miller's QBQ series. I haven't read the previous book, THE POWER OF NICE, but I would imagine the message is much the same. All in all, Thaler and Koval are sending the message that just one small action in your life can have momentous or serendipitous consequences. By taking a moment to thank someone for a job interview, you could be setting yourself up to be chosen over a more qualified candidate. Or by escorting an old man to a room he's looking for, you could be escorting your boss's boss and thereby leaving a (favorable) memorable impression.

The point of the book is this: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It's the Golden Rule. Everyone knows it but not many actually follow it. Follow it and you will be rewarded in spades.
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I read "The Power of Nice" a few years back and enjoyed it, and was pleasantly surprised to come across this book by the same authors, and enjoy it just as much. Little things often turn out to be big things, and little words or deeds carry big rewards, as I've always found and as this short book illustrates with lots of good examples. (And the lack of little gestures can have big fallout, as "Dog Poop Girl" and others have found out.) A well-written, relevant, and useful book. Recommended.
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I picked this book without any great expectations - just hoping for a few insights from a big name ad exec. After reading it, I thought "well of course, this stuff is common sense." But a week later I found I was still noticing examples of the "power of small" in almost every aspect of daily life. For instance - my husband stopped (in his pickup, which carries our company name) and let another car take a left. Who knew that the driver of the car was someone who was looking for a videographer (our business)? Not only did the driver have plenty of time to read and note our company contact info, but she was also positively impressed by our kindess!

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You may not be familiar with their names, but you are probably familiar with the authors' work. They are the founding partners of the advertising agency responsible for the Aflac duck campaign. One of them wrote the “I want to be a Toys R Us Kid” jingle earlier in her career. Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval previously wrote The Power of Nice.

This book is about paying attention to little things which have a big impact.

“Small talk is the social lubricant that brings people together... And we can profit from the experience in surprising ways… For example, at Kaplan Thaler, we often find our best clues to what a client may like or dislike during the small talk before we sit down to a formal meeting… Our point: Small talk is anything but idle chatter. In fact, it’s the glue that cements so many relationships... Yet when we make small talk, too many of us tend to turn the subject of the conversation quickly back to ourselves, a subject infinitely less interesting to the other person.”

Another topic is the importance of humor. “It turns out that kidding around at the beginning of a meeting is one of the most productive things you can do. Seriously. Chris Robert, a psychologist at the University of Missouri, found that humor in the workplace enhances creativity and job performance. We have noticed this at our agency as well. We begin every creative brainstorming session for a new ad campaign with light banter, or a joke or two. It helps relax the team and brings the stress level in the room down a notch. After all, just try being creative and freewheeling in your thinking when you feel pressured and tense.
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Living up to its name, this petite book does demonstrate how small can deliver a mighty powerful punch. Highly readable and engaging, _The Power of Small_ provides plentiful proof (via interesting stories and clear explanations) for times when the small really does make a huge difference. The one small (or maybe not so small depending on your tolerance factor) catch of the book is the authors' frequent promotion of their own advertising agency--over 20 times in the short 130 pages of the book. But, if you can look beyond their patting themselves on the backs and appreciate the hidden gems scattered throughout,it's certainly worth a read. The small investment in time it takes to read this book does deliver some powerful payoffs.

[I could write more, but I want to keep this review small and to-the-point. :) ]
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This book simply could not have come out at a better time. In a style similar to their previous book, The Power of Nice, Kaplan Thaler and Koval use engaging stories to relate their concepts in the Power of Small. Although the book is a quick and easy read, it packs a powerful messafe that will stick with you long after you put it down. From making checklists, to using visualisation to shrink down your problems into more manageable pieces, the tips provided in the book can apply to a multitude of life situations, and couldn't be more relevant to our current national crisis.
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