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Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You - at Work and in Life: Getting What You Need in Both Good and Bad Times Hardcover – 2 Mar 2009


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (2 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847375499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847375490
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the leading authors of inspirational writing in the world. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide bestseller Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in forty languages.

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Spencer Johnson M.D. is one of the world's most respected thinkers. He gained international acclaim with his brilliant books Who Moved My Cheese? and The One Minute Manager. He has served as Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School and has captured the attention of major media around the world. Over forty million copies of his books have been read in more than forty-five languages. Spencer Johnson lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2009
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My guess is that the value of this book will depend almost entirely on two factors: the extent to which a reader is receptive to the lessons that this contemporary fable offers, and, the extent to which a reader applies them. Spencer Johnson has written eleven bestsellers, most of which examine especially complicated human challenges and problems, suggesting common-sense resolutions of them. For example, how to use 60-second interactions to manage others more effectively (The One Minute Manager, co-authored with Ken Blanchard, 1982), how to make better decisions ("Yes" or "No," 1993), how to manage change in work and life (Who Moved My Cheese, 1998), and the secret to enjoying work and life more (The Present, 2003). The subtitle of Peaks and Valleys indicates what it's about: how to make "good and bad times work for you - at work and in life."

Johnson introduces a young man, Michael Brown, who is "in a pretty tough spot." He meets someone recommended by a friend, Ann Carr, in a small café who agrees to shares a story with him on the single condition "that if he found it valuable, he would share it with others." He agrees. The details of the story are best revealed in the book. Suffice to say that, over time, Michael proceeds through a sequence of "peaks" and "valleys" and, when the story ends, is an old man who continues to share the story with others, as he agreed to do long ago.

Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed, "I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity." I have no idea whether or not Johnson was aware of this observation when he began to write the first of his eleven books but it is certainly relevant to what he shares in them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Byrne on 25 Mar. 2009
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Dr. Johnson has created another masterpiece.

"Peaks and Valleys" follows the highly successful format of "Who Moved My Cheese ?" ; profound messages delivered simply.

This book is easy to read, yet leaves you with a sense that something very special is written between the lines.

At its basic level, this is a simple story, drawn from ordinary life experiences. Beneath the surface it presents the reader with practical values in hope and positivity that are the essence of Dr. Johnson's work.

Highly recommended.
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'Peaks and Valleys' is a book that could be described as self development advice in a story within a story. The full title is actually 'Peaks and Valleys: Making Good And Bad Times Work For You - At Work And In Life'. It was written by Spencer Johnson, M.D., author of the bestseller 'Who Moved My Cheese'.

'Peaks and Valleys' is a short book and easy to read. As such, some may consider it to be a simplistic self help book. However, if you truly contemplate the essence of it - a wonderful story within a story and one that you can keep passing from one person to another - you soon realise its true power.

The author explains that the 'Peaks' and 'Valleys' are actually the highs and lows that you feel in your work and personal life. These could last seconds or years and are totally connected, with one having a significant effect on the other. His analogy of 'Peaks and Valleys' to your heartbeat is interesting: the fact that you need the ups and downs of life in order to be alive.

The book covers self development advice that can be used in virtually any situation you may find yourself in. It is suitable for anyone (adults and teenagers) who wonders about the ups and downs of life and how best to deal with them.

Even if you already know a fair amount about self development, it is always useful to see things from a different perspective or in a new light. The lessons the author touches on in this parable format can be used in any context, right across your social and work or business life for self empowerment.
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By Mr. GF Settle VINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2009
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This is another lovely tale that is enjoyable to read and has a lasting impact.

It is a great journey and teaches you to always go searching for what you are looking for in life. Don't be afraid but take a risk, go out and realise your dreams instead of staying where you are and never knowing any different.

Your search will take you to new places where you may well as in the story meet a wise old man and from his vantage point get a clearer view on where you have come from and where you can go. It won't necessarily be an easy journey but if you don't take it then how will you know if it was worth trying.

How many times have you thought, if only and what would have happened it I'd?????

This book shows you how to make that journey.

It tells you not just to rely on your own experiences. Go and search for your wise person with experiences to share. They will help guide you to a new path that is exciting and really enjoyable to travel along.
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