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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]

Spencer Johnson
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2 Mar 2009
Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Initially, the young man does not realize he is talking with one the most peaceful and successful people in the world. However, through a series of conversations and experiences that occur up on peaks and down in valleys, the young man comes to make some startling discoveries. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself. Now readers can take a similar journey through the story and use what you find to your advantage in your own work and life.

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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: 14.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,460 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The journey to "the other side of complexity" 7 April 2009
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Johnson Creates Another Masterpiece 25 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic! 15 Mar 2014
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Great read, great principles which can easily be applied to your life. Gives you "Aha" moments. Maybe it's something you already know but just need a reminder of.
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There isn't anything for me to dislike about this book.
It's short and simple, a lot of common sense yet also thought provoking.
I know a whole bunch of people that might benefit from this book; not being a fan of self-help books, I'm not one to evangelize - but if asked, I will share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peaks and valleys 8 Dec 2013
By Hayley
Format:Hardcover
This book i was not expecting much as read many self help books but this book is like no other it became i could not put it down identifying with everything in there so easy to read and so well done recommend highly
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing read with straightforward takeaways 15 Sep 2013
By James
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I find that while reading most business books, I will take some of the lessons taught in the book, those from which I find inspiration, and apply them to my work. Unfortunately, most of the time the lessons don't have a great lasting impression and after a few weeks I am influenced by a different business book, or I find the changes difficult to incorporate with one particular aspect of my work and they inevitably get dropped entirely.

The difference with this book is that there are far fewer prescriptive lessons, you don't get told how to handle your email workload, or what to do about a specific character type at the office; but instead read a pleasant story about simple virtues, the lessons of which are more readily adaptable to anybody's working or home life. Like Who Moved My Cheese, it's a quick, easy read with lessons which are relatively simple to apply to your work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peaks & Valleys
I enjoyed reading this book which has some interesting ideas
The book arrived in good time and in a very good condition
Published on 27 July 2011 by lol
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Self Development Advice !
'Peaks and Valleys' is a book that could be described as self development advice in a story within a story. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Dr JOY Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars Up, up and beyond to a great life
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... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2009 by Mr. GF Settle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a great book to read. It is written in a simple and understandable way. Everything is common sense but people seem to forget that life does not have to be difficult and... Read more
Published on 14 July 2009 by Gordana Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Christian Principles without Prayer Packaged as Psychological Advice...
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Published on 15 May 2009 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought and action
I have become used to Spencer Johnson's book being insightful and provocative. "Peaks and Valleys" met my expectations - it is easy to read, challenging in content, and... Read more
Published on 18 April 2009 by Mike Eccles
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