When the good folks over at BzzAgent sent me the book “The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness“, I was a bit skeptical.
After all, didn’t everyone learn how to play nice in kindergarten?
Then I thought a bit more, and realized I know a LOT of people in the business world who aren’t very nice. The sad thing is, I hang out with a lot of positive, motivated, nice people, and yet I still have my fair share of dealings with people who aren’t all that nice. I feel bad for people who work in businesses literally surrounded by people who aren’t nice. (Can you say Lawyers anyone?)
I decided to give the book a fair shot…and I’m glad I did.
It’s a quick read, at only 119 pages. If you are a fast reader like me, you can zip through it in one sitting. But don’t let the size fool you. The contents are very powerful, and serve as a reminder that in the long run, nice guys usually do finish first.
For instance, did you know:
- Nice people are less likely to die prematurely
- Nice people have a lower divorce rate
- Companies that foster nice behavior in their corporate culture enjoy higher revenues
The authors have captured the essence of nice with six principles worth passing along:
- Positive impressions are like seeds—goodwill is contagious
- You never know—that person you offer to share a cab with today may be the prospect at tomorrow’s big sales pitch
- People change—that lowly assistant may eventually run a successful company… perhaps one you might want to work for one day!
- Nice must be automatic—small things like holding a door or offering a seat can actually make the difference in someone’s overall opinion of you
- Negative impressions are like germs—they infect you and everyone around you
- YOU will know—ultimately it’s about how you live your life and what you value