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

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In ten thousand classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, but we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is typically painful and the error is often costly. As Benjamin Franklin noted, "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." People Tools: 54 ...more
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Published January 21st 2014 by SelectBooks (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
As a very self-aware person, I rarely find a book that can provide tricks that I have not used before. Many of Fox's "People Tools" are rooted in universal truths that are well-known, but woven into stories that enhances the reader's understanding of how these tools can be applied. There are also a few ideas that are novel. I particularly found the "80% Solution" and the "Nonversation" to be inventive and practical.
The strategies in "People Tools" are a combination of wisdom every person needs,
Dori Sabourin
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first encountered this book, I thought: "Oh no, not another self-help book with a schedule and a check list that I have to follow." I couldn't have been more thrilled to find adages to use in certain circumstances such as: "Take a chance," or " Get past perfect. " In addition, each short chapter begins with quotes from famous people, passages from books, a poem, a movie or a philosopher. Alan C. Fox presents stories and experiences to elaborate on each adage. Rather than a schedule, the ...more
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Το φετινό καλοκαίρι στάθηκε μια καλή ευκαιρία για μένα ώστε να κάνω εκ βαθέων συζητήσεις με τον εαυτό μου, έτσι ώστε να μπορέσουμε να βρούμε όλα εκείνα που χάσαμε την χρονιά που προηγήθηκε. Μια χρονιά δύσκολη, απαιτητική και γεμάτη απογοητεύσεις που ίσως να μην διαχειρίστηκα και πολύ καλά. Ίσως, λοιπόν, αυτός να ήταν και ο λόγος που στράφηκα σε τόσα πολλά βιβλία αυτοβελτίωσης, χωρίς ωστόσο να βρω σε όλα αυτό που αναζητούσα. Μία εξαίρεση στον κανόνα την μονοτονίας και τους αυστηρού συντηρητισμού ...more
W. Whalin
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Alan Fox can write well and I enjoyed the contents of this book. What made it "OK" and not excellent is the various strategies were not distinct and began to sound recycled toward the end of the book. It contains some interesting ideas but with some careful editing could have been a much better, higher quality book. In my view, some editor didn't do his homework on this one and should have had a sharper pencil to cut out the repetition.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Alan Fox provides the reader with a short introduction to the wisdom of his life. As you might expect, it is hit and miss. Perhaps the most troubling aspect is that a great deal of it simply encourages you to feel good about what you do without delving deeply into the real moral bedrock of what is being proposed. The book is an easy read, mostly 54 mini chapters. I wouldn't recommend it , though I wouldn't look askance at someone who finds some value in it.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Andrey Silaev
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty simple advices based on personal experience of one successful man. Some are good. Pretty easy reading anyway.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: liked
It was as honest and profound as talking with a friend or even more. I do not measure it for how useful his tools were for me but for how interestingly he explained them. I like to get to know people with experiencie and in reading books like this I can certainly do that in a way.

Here's a funny story I got from this book:
Three hermits lived together in a cave. One day a palomino horse ran by.
Two years later the first hermit said "Sure was a pretty white horse".
Three years after that the second
Maurynne  Maxwell
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
Imagine that you have a happy, rich uncle who is kind enough to share with you his secrets of success. (Wouldn’t we all like that!) Meet Alan C. Fox, author of People Tools: 54 strategies for building relationships, creating joy, and embracing prosperity and your new favorite uncle.

So much of a successful life, no matter how you define success, has to do with people skills—hence the book’s title. Uncle Alan has thoughtfully crafted a creative mash-up of Emotional Intelligence, The One-Minute
Perle Champion
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book, People Tools, was very well written and I liked the format of the numbered Tools. Each begins with a vignette of personal experience broken down to its teachable moment components. Here’s how it went, here’s the result, here’s how it could go better using the appropriate people tool.

These are truly people tools that actually apply to real life.

Example: I particularly liked People Tool 15 – Sunk Cost. This resonated with me, as I meet so many people that hang on to the past in
Angie Simmonds
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
When my son was struggling with Tourette Syndrome and the pediatricians and specialists I had brought him too could not find the right medications to help him out we ended up seeking help from a neurologist at a well known hospital several hundred miles away. He told us we were right in seeking a different type of doctor. "Every doctor has different tools in his toolbox" he said "we'll keep trying different tools until we find the one that works/" It took a few tries, but we eventually found the ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Denis by: Amazon
Headline: "Don't Pass Go Unless You have Read This Book!"
People Tools by author Alan Fox is a compact methodology for dealing with life's dramas and difficult moments. It is fairly short to read, but is full of wisdom based on real life encounters, where pertinent tools and strategies were deployed to obtain a more favourable rather than negative outcome.

I think the book is most useful in developing and deploying Self Management techniques; and also in the general management of others. There are
Carielyn Mills
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
i liked that the labels for his concepts help in remembering the entire idea with just a short phrase.

a few things were not based on any science, others were outdated, but some stuff was very useful, so this short book was still worth it.

it's very straight to the point, no paragraphs of explanations.

most of the concepts aren't backed by studies or facts, just anecdotes from the author's life, but they are short and easy enough to try out yourself. out of 54, if only 10 work for you, it's still a
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: wisdom
What you see is what you get here: an entertaining take on the "my advice for getting through life" genre. The author does a good job of hitting upon a lot of the big ideas that can help most people regardless of where they are in life. He uses a lot of anecdotes from his own life, but they were mostly amusing and apt and got the job done. Nothing ground-breaking here, but a good book to remind yourself of things you may forget to do in your own life.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars....could be higher if I were younger. It would be a good book for someone between the
ages of 15-25. Its full of life lessons which most of us through the years have picked up, such as sometimes its okay to tell a white lie, or without some risk you rarely gain big. For a younger person
this would be a good short-cut book to knowing some of the best ways to approach a happy and successful life.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am very thankful that I won a copy of People Tools. I found it to be down to earth with wonderful insites and ideas. Alan C. Fox is unfailingly optomistic and encurages his readers with a friendly tone and a can do aditude. At times I found myself wonderning if it was just a sales ploy this guy can't be for real. Then I kept reading. I must say Alan won me over by the books honest easy tone and even his cheerful nature, it can be catching if you let it.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book aspires to be the next-generation "How to Win Friends and Influence People" but falls far short. The "tools" were simple and the chapters were underdeveloped. The author tries to hard to be erudite but because he is all over the place, I had a hard time believing him. Overall, a disappointing book.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-read
Wonderfully written with wit and expert knowledge. I found myself saying that I already do this or this would be so easy to initiate. Even though I checked this book out from the library, I plan to order this book tonight for my personal leadership reference shelf.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found Alan Fox's book very warming and inviting. As you read through each People Tool, you feel like you are a part of Alan's family and he is passing down wisdom to you much like a grandpa would do. Each People Tool is easily relatable and applicable for most ages.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I learned a few very valuable lessons from this book and used them in life and at work. this book needs to be edited and condensed. the author starts recycling ideas half way through the book and his writing becomes watered down, not as effective.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book with deep life insights, making everything easier and back to the substance. Great book for anyone has unresolved puzzles in life.
Krishnan Subbanarasimhan
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing books on need tools to handle people.
Teri Bell
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed this read. I don't read too many self-help books...this one actually had some very useful information.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Would read a chapter a day. Easy read. Not sure how much I got out of it. So kind of middle of the road score. Still, the insights were nice.
Fernando Kafie
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

Loved the book. Highly recommended. Glad I found it at the age of 47 and not much older. Life changing.
Tom Kammerer
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psych
Five plus stars! Originally a book read from library but destined to be owned and placed on bookshelf at home
Devjit Sarkar
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

Alan Fox has lived a long and joyful life, achieving tremendous success in many different arenas. 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
“I reserve my emotional energy exclusively for people. Things can be fixed. Things can be replaced. People cannot.” 2 likes
“Rules are a guide, not an absolute. Certainly there are penalties, real or imaginary, which may arise when you break a rule. But there are rewards as well. Those who threw tea into Boston Harbor flouted the laws of the British Parliament. Eventually they gained a new and separate nation.” 1 likes
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