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Getting along well with others is the real secret to success and happiness. In tens of thousands of classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and yet we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is painful and the error is costly.

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Getting along well with others is the real secret to success and happiness. In tens of thousands of classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and yet we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is painful and the error is costly.

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity, provides time-proven techniques that you can use to build a better, happier, more successful life. It is the perfect resource for busy people looking for fast and effective solutions to the challenges we face every day.

PRACTICAL WISDOM ON EVERY PAGE

People Tools are practical and easy to understand. From developing self-confidence, to improving communication skills, to finding constructive ways to resolve conflict, each People Tool addresses a specific issue and provides a simple, straightforward strategy that you can adopt to bring about a positive result. Some of the useful People Tools in the book include:

  1. The Belt Buckle. When words are different than action (The Belt Buckle), trust the Belt Buckle, not the words.
  2. Buy a Ticket. To make something good happen in your life you have to participate.
  3. Catching a Feather. An alternative to the endless chase, this Tool reveals how to attract people you want to be closer to.
  4. Patterns Persist. Prior actions are predictive of future behaviors.
  5. Catch Them Being Good. Rewards are more effective than punishments.

TIME-TESTED TOOLS TO ENHANCE YOUR WELLBEING

Although you may recognize the more intuitive techniques in People Tools, this sourcebook provides explanations and helpful examples from a vast collection of different tools designed to help you further expand your own existing repertoire of skills.

Open the book to any page and you will find a useful solution. Each tool is illustrated with insightful stories and amusing anecdotes that are relevant and relatable. The stories will reel you in but the advice will change your life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
Fox imparts business advice and general wisdom based on his years of experience as a successful real estate mogul, father, husband, and writer. Each chapter presents a distinct "people tool," which he defines as "a behavioral technique you can use to change your outlook." These tools include: "The Belt Buckle" for perceiving potentially unstated intentions of others, and "Target Practice" for making goals more achievable. He reframes the business concepts, such as of sunk cost and leverage as broader life lessons, making his insights dynamic and relatable. He provides examples from his life, family, and friends to inspire readers to take risks and consider failure to be "the foundation for a potential success." Chapters begin with sage quotations from sources like James Joyce, Benjamin Franklin, Anais Nin, and Martin Luther King Jr., and Fox draws from many popular parables and proverbs. Overall his positive outlook and substantial business acumen lend themselves to a wealth of insights on life, work, and interpersonal relationships. The author's conversational style of prose and wide ranging examples makes for easy reading and dynamic advice. (Jan.)
Endorsement - Bill Cosby

This book will do a lot for the world.

Endorsement - Dr. Jack Kornfield

Alan Fox has great tools for emotional intelligence, wisdom, clarity and directness. Develop and use them to live well, and your life will grow better for it.

Endorsement - Joseph Goldstein

People Toolsis a small gem of down-to-earth, practical advice on wise living. In simple, straightforward prose, Alan Fox illuminates insights that are often in plain sight but frequently overlooked. A very helpful book.

Endorsement - Sharon Salzberg

Reading People Tools is like having a wise, loving and funny friend take you by the hand, and gently but surely lead you to a better place. Everyone could benefit from reading it.

Endorsement - James Ragan

In People Tools Alan Fox gifts us with the keys to silent truths, those untapped strategies of sage advice that will help to build and inspire enduring relationships. The insights are bountiful and his optimism boundless, written with a poet's heart and the generosity of a caring wise soul.

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This book will do a lot for the world. — Bill Cosby

People Tools is a gem of down-to-earth, practical advice on wise living. In simple, straightforward prose, Alan Fox illuminates insights that are often in plain sight but frequently overlooked. A very helpful book. — Joseph Goldstein, author and co-founder of Insight Meditation Center

Reading People Tools is like having a wise, loving, and funny friend take you by the hand, and gently but surely lead you to a better place. Everyone could benefit from reading it. — Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

Alan Fox has great tools for emotional intelligence, wisdom, clarity and directness. Develop and use them to live well, and your life will grow better for it. — Jack Kornfield, psychologist, author, and founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Fox imparts business advice and general wisdom based on his years of experience as a successful real estate mogul, father, husband, and writer. Each chapter presents a distinct — Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590791424
  • Publisher: Select Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 67,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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. His first book, People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity made two New York Times Bestseller lists in January 2014. Now Fox is publishing the second in the series, with People Tools for Business: 50 Strategies for Building Success, Creating Wealth, and Finding Happiness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    A joy to read

    So many advice books are written from the viewpoint that you want to be better than others. This one helps you be better in and of yourself. It's a delight to read. Alan Fox relies mostly on his own errors and misadventures behind his rules. I wish someone told me all this when I was young; it would be an excellent gift for a young person or a graduate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    People Tools was such a quick, easy read full of sound advice.  

    People Tools was such a quick, easy read full of sound advice.  I will definitely keep it close for when life gets tough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Not Surprising it¿s the #1 Amazon Bestseller I was browsing the

    Not Surprising it’s the #1 Amazon Bestseller
    I was browsing the Amazon list looking for something to read and saw this book at #1, so I thought I'd give it a try. There's no flashy cover, and no gimmicks, it's just a really well-written book. It's organized in a user-friendly manner, and can be picked up and put down quickly without losing too much. The tools, while one or two can seem simplistic, are actually very insightful. I never expected that a billionaire real estate mogul could write such a relatable, and often touching book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think anyone who reads this book will come away with at least a few new “tools” that they can apply to their business dealings or even personal relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Such a great book-I am sending this to each of my kids for their

    Such a great book-I am sending this to each of my kids for their birthday. Fox really sums up the important things everyone who is successful or wants to be needs to know about life. 

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