People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590791424
Publisher: SelectBooks, Inc
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,283,533
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction The Toolbox: Naming Your Tools xiii

1 Rules: Visible and Invisible 1

2 The Wastebasket: Discarding Stereotypes 7

3 Walls and Doors: No Before Yes 11

4 The Open Door: Yes 15

5 Question Mark 17

6 The Belt Buckle 21

7 Patterns Persist 27

8 Socrates-Know Thyself 31

9 The Picture: Function over Form 37

10 The Positive Self-Fulfilling Prophecy 41

11 Buy a Ticket 45

12 Target Practice 47

13 The 80% Solution 51

14 Shrink the Glass 55

15 Sunk Cost 57

16 Get Past Perfect 61

17 Take a Chance 65

18 The Sizzle and the Steak 69

19 Blind Date: Make a Good First Impression 73

20 Make Lemonade 77

21 Fry Another Egg 81

22 The Four C's 83

23 Stuff It into Your Sub 85

24 Smiley Face 87

25 Showbiz 89

26 Erase 91

27 Things Are Only Things 93

28 Sweet Grapes 97

29 Parallel Paths 99

30 Catch Them Being Good 103

31 A Little Bit of Oil 107

32 Tip the Messenger 109

33 Catching a Feather 111

34 The Equal Relationship 115

35 Honey First 119

36 Leverage 121

37 Dangle a Carrot 125

38 A House Undivided 129

39 Apology 133

40 After You, Gaston 137

41 Trick or Treat 141

42 Back Off 143

43 The Lone Stranger 147

44 Have a Nonversation 151

45 Snip 155

46 True Colors 159

47 Green Grass Now 163

48 Fall Backwards into the Hands of Fate 167

49 If You Want to Keep a Secret, Don't Tell Anyone-Especially Your Personal Trainer 171

50 Climb a Mountain 173

51 Hold Me 177

52 A Million Miles Away: Focus on the Process and Let Go of the Outcome 179

53 Uneven Steps 181

54 The Road 185

About the Author 187

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People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
People Tools was such a quick, easy read full of sound advice.  I will definitely keep it close for when life gets tough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.