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These are just a few of the questions that #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath asked when he embarked on a massive study about the impact of friendships. Along with several leading researchers, Rath pored through the literature, conducted several experiments, and analyzed more than 8 ...
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These are just a few of the questions that #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath asked when he embarked on a massive study about the impact of friendships. Along with several leading researchers, Rath pored through the literature, conducted several experiments, and analyzed more than 8 million interviews from The Gallup Organization’s worldwide database.
His team’s discoveries produced Vital Friends, a book that challenges long-held assumptions people have about their relationships. And the team’s landmark discovery that people who have a best friend at work are seven times as likely to be engaged in their job is sure to rattle the structure of organizations around the world.
Drawing on research and case studies from topics as diverse as management, marriage, and architecture, Vital Friends reveals what’s common to all truly essential friendships: a regular focus on what each person is contributing to the friendship rather than the all-too-common approach of expecting one person to be everything.
The book includes a unique ID code that provides access to the Vital Friends Assessment and website. This groundbreaking test reveals which friends play each of the eight vital friendship roles in your work and life.
Tom Rath’s fast-paced and inviting storytelling takes a mountain of important research and makes it remarkably accessible and applicable. By the time you finish reading Vital Friends, you’ll see your coworkers, family, friends, and significant other in a whole new light.
“Friendships are good for business. Companies are coming to discover that, yet are at a loss at what to do about it. ... what Gallup has uncovered about best friends stands out as novel.”
— USA Today
“Let friendship ring. It might look like idle chatter, but when employees find friends at work, they feel connected to their jobs. Having a best friend at work is a strong predictor for being a happy and productive employee.”
— Time magazine
Having the right expectation of your friends is everything, writes Tom Rath in VITAL FRIENDS. If your expectations of a friend are in line with what they contribute to your friendship, the relationship is poised to thrive and make both of you better off in the process.
Adapted from VITAL FRIENDS: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without, by Tom Rath, publication August, 2006, The Gallup Press.
|Ch. 1||Who expects you to be somebody?||5|
|Ch. 2||The energy between||15|
|Ch. 3||Better than Prozac?||21|
|Ch. 4||The silver lining in a marriage||27|
|Ch. 5||The rounding error||33|
|Ch. 6||Does work balance life?||39|
|Ch. 7||The three-friend threshold||47|
|Ch. 8||Can you be friends with your boss?||59|
|Ch. 9||Getting engaged at work||65|
|Ch. 10||Sharpening each relationship||75|
|Ch. 11||The eight vital roles||85|
|Ch. 12||Family ties||137|
|Ch. 13||The water cooler effect||141|
|Ch. 14||Plugging in||147|
|App||A case study : can leaders set the tone?|
|App||Development of the vital friends assessment : a technical report|
|App||Gallup research on friendships|