Leveraging decades of experience working with people in many different areas and experiences, the author has found a way to explain to all of us what we simply don't learn naturally -- how to understand and communicate with others more effectively. Readers will gain the insights they need to identify relationships missteps, and then apply easy-to-learn techniques to bring relationships to a more meaningful level in both personal and business settings.
Beverly D. Flaxington
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Understanding Other People is well titled; a useful, earthy and concise book, especially for someone who hasn't been through one of the "Leadership" seminars. I finally settled on four stars for the merits of the book with one star off for the "demerits." Flaxington is succinct and largely descriptive. The use of the term "secrets" in the subtitle is good marketing, everyone wants to know "secrets."
Flaxington's premises are basically that you're going to get along easily with some people, with others it may not be easy but if you understand what's going on you may be able to make it work, and in other cases you either live with the situation or move on, but you're not going to change it. Straightforward enough, and Flaxington's value added are principles, context and the real and rare strength of the book, a clear and honest assessment that you're not going to change other people. The first chapter is a good reminder to check our own perspectives, but unless you're...
I purchased the paperback copy of this book almost two years ago. I have since purchased the Kindle version to have it for reference and inspiration "on the go." I have internalized its concepts and have placed them in practice for over a year. My understanding and interaction with my coworkers and staff have grown measurably during this time. I think this book is for anyone who has taken the interest and taken the time to search out this book and to read these reviews - this book is likely for you. While it may or may not be perfectly written, its insights can be practical and valuable in Understanding Other People.
Basically, this is a very elementary level book. It has a lot of platitudes and simple observations. It added nothing to my understanding of other people. I feel that if you are a functioning adult with even the slightest ability of perception than most of this will be stuff that you know already. It is rare for me not to finish reading a book, and I set this one down fairly quickly.
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