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August 10, 2010
The concept of this book is fantastic. If you want to go farther in life, get along with people, harmony in your home, remembering to respect those around you will go along way. Remembering that the woman checking you out at the grocery store is a person just like you, more than likely, with the same problems that you have will go a long way to helping you show respect and making her day, and yours, go a lot smoother. This principle is true in every facet of any relationship you have no matter how small or insignificant or how great and dynamic. This is a concept that has definitely gone by the wayside for many people. In today's society there are only a handful of people that are willing to remember there are others around them that are just as important as they are.My only complaint about this book is that the author, very eloquently said it all in the first chapter or two. Every other chapter was the same concept presented in a slightly different way, but ultimately saying the same thing. It has taken me almost 9 months to muddle my way through and I actually couldn't bring myself to finish it. I felt like I was literally beating my head against a wall hearing the same thing over and over.If you have not heard this concept before, you might thoroughly enjoy this book, but for those who practice respect on a daily basis, it will probably not be anything new.This book was provided to me free of charge as a part of Thomas Nelson Book Reviews.
What a refreshing book about accountability. I mean really, how much does it cost to just be polite? Respect is simply being polite to others. The Power of Respect by Deborah Norville centers in on our cultures misguided notion that we are only responsible to be nice to ourselves. Ms. Norville does a great job of showing it truly pays to be respectful. Every day in our society we see the degradation of mutual respect, whether it be in the service industry, schools, or public service. This book provides actual examples of how a simple kind gesture can impact leaders, educators, and students and permeate through communities. The Power of Respect reveals that each and every person is accountable for his or her own choices. The secret to earning respect is being accountable. As revealed in this book, respect comes via accountability which is achieved through self-sacrifice. A lot less of me plus a little more of you equals RESPECT! This is a very simple formula for success which Ms. Norville lays out precisely in this book. This should be required reading material for employees by employers everywhere.
I was not really sure what to expect when I began reading The Power of Respect except the discussion is one which is desperately needed in our culture today. Deborah Norvilles approach is not the tolerance at any cost message we so often hear under the banner of respect today. Rather, respect begins with self and is best earned when given. She goes on to discuss the setting of expectations and demonstrating leadership in helping other meet those expectations. Respect is earned, but it can also be learned. There are plenty of examples of the Power of Respect implemented and the results are encouraging. Most everyone will be able to identify with someone in the book. I would imagine people who take the time to read the book will be ones who already practice respect, but if every reader is able to inspire one other person to learn and practice respect it will make a profound difference. I did not find The Power of Respect to be an easy read, Im not sure if it was the meat of the subject or the style but I do believe it is worth it. I would recommend every parent, teacher, business owner and anyone else is a leadership role read this book. (These book reviews are posted as a part of the Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger Program
How was a waitress who refused to show her gap-toothed smile turned around to become a successful finance graduate?How did a veteran teacher make a difference in the life of a young unteachable?How did a CEO avert the downward spiral of a company caught in the stranglehold of the economy?These life stories and others are woven through Deborah Norvilles The Power of Respect. Norville has written a well-researched discussion of the destructive fallout of disrespect and the redeeming value of simple, sincere respect in families, classrooms, and workplaces. And she doesnt just talk about the good and the bad; she gives step-by-step ways to instill respect in our own lives and in those around us.Although Mrs. Norville uses little Scripture, the Golden Rule permeates her book. Like her, Im thinking, Why do we have to spend so much time and effort discussing this? There were times I thought the writing could have been more concise, and although she says, Respect begins at home, I feel her book would have the greatest value in the workplaceespecially now when workers are trying to hold onto jobs and management is trying to increase the productivity and satisfaction of the workers they have.The most valuable statement in The Power of Respect is on page 2: No one is too unimportant to be ignored. No one is so significant that others dont matter.
For disclosure, I am a member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program. I jumped at the chance to review this book because I think lack of respsect is a major problem in our society. Politics may seem like the most magnified example but any visit to a local grocery store can show you how the simple act of showing someone else respect is a dying art.In The Power of Respect, Deborah Norville gives us ample examples of men and women who have worked to show respect to others and the positive outcome. The book is filled with great reminders that something as simple as saying "good morning" to co-workers or friends can set the tone for an entire day. These aren't revolutionary ideas...rather ones that have been around so long most people have simply forgotten their power. The book will hit you at any stage of life including work, marriage and child rearing. It gives real world examples from business owners and others for guidelines to show respect that are practical enough for anyone.Now, it's not a relaxing kind of book. This is a book that you'll find yourself really working hard to finish because of the subject and the way it reflects you. Still, it's a task that's worth the payoff.