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Overview After canvassing the great leaders of history, the most effective organizations of our day, and the significant writings of prominent psychologists, McGinnis came up with 12 guidelines for motivating others. Loaded with case studies, anecdotes, and savvy advice, this book can help any would-be people-pusher.
Publishers Description Alan Loy McGinnis, author of the best-selling book The Friendship Factor, studied the great leaders throughout history, the most effective organization, and many prominent psychologists to discover their motivational secrets. There are actually a small number of principles used by good motivators, and the best leaders were using them long before psychology had a name. Fascinating case studies and anecdotes about Lee Iacocca, Sandra Day O'Connor, and many others show how you can put 12 key principles to work in your family or organization. Whether you are a parent, executive, teacher, or friend, you can gain the satisfaction that comes from Bringing the Best Out in People.
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Alan Loy McGinnis (19332005) was a best-selling author, family therapist, business consultant, and popular speaker. After a twenty year career as a minister, he became a counselor and co-founded the Valley Counseling Center in Glendale, CA. In the 1970s, he began researching friendship and authored The Friendship Factor, published by Augsburg Fortress in 1979 and revised in 2004. A popular speaker, he also authored more than fifty articles and several more books, including Bringing Out the Best in People, Confidence, and The Balanced Life, all published by Augsburg Fortress
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Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Enjoy Helping Others Excel Aug 23, 2006
Probably one of the best books I've read on reading personality types and reaching out to a larger number (group) of people. This book is a must read for everyone who finds they must work with or for other people.
Alan McGinnis is a great writer! May 17, 2006
Alan McGinnis was one of the first authors I read when I was interested on broader spectrum of psychology. I began reading his books when I was a kid, not even a teenager. I always enjoyed them. This book is no exception. An offshoot of The Friendship Factor he expounds on his many ideas and ways to access communication to better your ability to be understood. Excellent as usual!
Very Insightful Jan 29, 2006
This book is great for people who want to interact with people. It is for people who would like to convey things but end up somehow sending the wrong message. People who were taught myths on how to interact with people will find this book handy. I am glad that this book relates many of its findings to the teachings of the Christ and backs it up for skeptics using the latest research.
How to succeed without lettings ethics get in your way Apr 16, 2005
I fault this book for many reasons. First, the title is misleading. This is not a book about helping other people. It is basically a motivational book about how to succeed when working with others. The approach is to use numerous motivational anecdotes weaved into the author's 12-point approach. The author, has a blatant disregard of ethics. He doesn't ignore ethics, on the contrary, he often argues against them, frequently railing against idealists for their impractical approach. For example, "the idealists might suppose that the only way to inspire people is to appear to their benevolent instincts, but the best motivators usually appeal to anger as well." Another example: "For all our talk about love, I have never seen a congregation genuinely fired up which did not have the conviction that they fighting a common enemy." But whatever works is what we should do, and damn the "idealists." When McGinnis advocates truly helping others, it is always because it works to your own advantage from a practical standpoint. Appeals to pride are also common in this book, he even relates a story from his own past: " . . . I remember 35 years later my deep pride as he chewed out certain members of the team for poor performances . . . the coached praised me before the team." The exultation of pride is reprehensible, especially since McGinnis is purportedly a Christian. Since antiquity, Pride has been one of the seven deadly sins of Chrisitanity; the great popular Christian author C.S. Lewis rails eloquently against it, devoting a chapter to it in "Mere Christianity," calling it the cardinal sin. For McGinnis, all this ancient wisdom is simply "idealism" or he simply ignores it. My final complaint is that some of the information is simply inaccurate. For example, he states that "Most studies show that parents who run a tight ship and who are fairly strict produce the most secure children". This is dead wrong. The vast majority of modern psychology and research is dead against this approach; i.e. see T. Berry Brazelton, or virtually any other of book written by a mainstream M.D. or psychologist. As with all McGinnis's statements, he provides no research to back it up. The appeal to non-benovolent (e.g. malevolent) instincts, the denigration of the Christian ideal of love, and the exaltation of the cardinal sin of pride display a pattern of disregard for ethics and the worship of the practical.
For any Parent: A Must Read Mar 18, 2004
I love this book! Alan Loy McGinnis provides us with sound, proven and empowering principles--which can be used to motivate people to be and do their best. If you are a coach, teacher, manager or parent this book for you. It's loaded with practical advice and GREAT stories-which make it an enjoyable and inspirational read. Highly recommended.
Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works: How to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated