The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference

The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference

by Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval
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The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference by Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval

The authors of the national bestseller THE POWER OF NICE once again tackle conventional wisdom with a provocative and counterintuitive book about the importance of sweating the small stuff in our lives and in our careers.

Our smallest actions and gestures often have outsized impact on our biggest goals, say Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Did you double-check that presentation one last time, or hold the elevator for a stranger? Going that extra inch – whether with a client, customer, family member, or friend – speaks volumes to others about our talent, personality, and motivations. After all, if we can’t take care of the small details, how can we be counted on to deliver when it really matters?

In today’s challenging times, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, it’s often the baby steps that put us on the path to delivering a true competitive advantage. The real secret to getting ahead in life and in our careers is to refocus our attention on the small details that, if disregarded, can sabotage a multimillion-dollar ad campaign or undermine your most important relationships. Kaplan Thaler and Koval show how to get more of what you want with surprisingly less than you’d imagine.

Written in the same entertaining, story-driven style that made THE POWER OF NICE the go-to book for finishing first, THE POWER OF SMALL demonstrates how all of us can harness the power of small to improve and reinvent our lives. It’s the ultimate guide to shrinking your outlook to broaden your horizons.

Get SMALL and get going!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385526555
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 670,163
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

LINDA KAPLAN THALER is CEO and chief creative officer and ROBIN KOVAL is president of THE KAPLAN THALER GROUP, creators of pop-culture icons like the Aflac Duck. Together, Kaplan Thaler and Koval have been featured on Today, the Martha Stewart Show, and Nightline, as well as in USA TODAY, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek, among many others. Kaplan Thaler and Koval each live in New York.

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Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JuliaMz More than 1 year ago
Could there be a better time for this book? Seriously with the economic downturn we're ALL looking for some inspiration, but we're also all looking for things we can do to succeed in these trying times. This book is a great read for both. Plus it is a VERY QUICK and EASY read. The book is divided into short chapters and is filled with useful and captivating anecdotes that are used to elucidate the authors point. I truly think this book is a must read for anyone - from professional working men and women to young boys and girls.
Kate_Kanda More than 1 year ago
When all of us are cutting back and facing real hardships, there couldn't be a more relevant book for today's times. In The Power of Small, Koval and Kaplan explain that the key to getting through the tough times and achieving your biggest goals is to start small. I've always ascribed to the "think big" philosophy and have often said that I was a big picture person and not detail oriented. But, after reading this book, I've decided to reevaluate my own M.O. and start thinking small.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Attention to detail. Thats a good lesson for everyone. I was looking for more in this book.
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TitoDuke More than 1 year ago
I finished reading "The tipping point" and "Getting Things Done" before I started this book and the more I read the more I felt it supported the opinions on the other books. It helped me strengthen my thoughts about the things I have to change in my life and gave great examples. Definitely recommended
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
puts a new perspective on how to look at the small things, and not to sweat the small stuff. Everything begins with the first step, the book taught me to look at the first step, not the whole problem, start with the small step.
LJRCape More than 1 year ago
This little book about the power of positive thinking is a surprisingly impactful piece of work. Long after I'd read it, I found myself noticing daily interactions in new ways. Why do pro bono work? Why give someone else the parking spot? Why spend extra money on a special gift for someone who put themselves out for you? The Power of Small is, in a way, a book about the Golden Rule (do unto others as you'd have others do unto you) applied to the business world. Highly recommended for today's business (and personal) climate! Lisa
BJF80 More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually a fan of self-help "motivating books" (usually you can be more productive if you took the motivation you had for reading and turn into real world work) but there's a lot more to this book than a tight and breezy text. This isn't a book that demands you "do this" or "stop being this person and be more like, say, Donald Trump." The authors use anecdotes, memorable ones at that, to show you why other people are getting ahead of you and capturing the imagination, heart, and wallets of others in business. There's too much focus on the big prizes and not even focus on the core parts of our lives that matter. But the best part of the book is the well-maintained blog. It's been helpful since the economic downturn, especially.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! It makes so many of life's quandries and big decisions simple instead of overwhelming. There are tips on lots of different topics but they have all been helpful in many ways. I've found it particularly good for my diet and my job search! A few pounds down and two weeks into a new job! Thankfully, it's an easy and short read so you can concentrate on using the pwoer of small.
rsouthan More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what drew me to this book initially. I've been on a fiction kick lately, but something about this book called out to me - maybe because of my burgeoning skepticism of "too big to fail" and the giant bailout, so I pre-ordered it. "The Power of Small" has nothing to do with the crash and recession per se, but the ideas in this book could have helped to prevent the trouble we're in now. It's all about looking at the little details, and not getting bogged down with the big picture. It's a dose of sanity in an insane world, like Malcolm Gladwell, but with a heart. I wish I could recommend this for you to read a year or two ago, but since it didn't exist then, I recommend it now. It's just as necessary today.