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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Enterprises, UK Ltd (17 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847997937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847997937
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,278,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I hate work.

As a concept I think it stinks. There are so many good things that we can do with our time - eat, sleep, go to the greyhounds, watch our kids grow up - that work is nothing but a great waste of human potential.

But... there's not really that much that I can do about it.
Through thousands of years of human activity, no one has yet found a way to live without work (bankers and vagabonds excepted.)

So, while we have to do it, why can't we at least try to make the best of it?

Growing up, I went to lots of different schools. Half of them taught me all that I need to know about human cruelty. And about a quarter actually taught me something useful.

And work hasn't been much better.

I think there are probably millions of workplaces that break some part of the Geneva Convention. Many of those are in the developing world... and some are truly evil.
I'm not talking about those.

I'm not (yet) a social avenger. Not here anyway.
I am interested in the tin-pot dictators of the small to medium-sized business. The dis-spiriting and dispassionate line manger. The power hungry shop steward. The managing director who gets up every morning and wonders why he has to talk to people.

There are too many businesses that are not run as well as they should be. And the missing ingredient is adequate communication. That's what this book is all about: making the best of human potential by communicating properly.

(But that would just be too pretentious to claim up front, wouldn't it?)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Smith on 26 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
If you like David Ferrabee's blog, the chances are you'll love this book. In what is essentially the distillation of two years' worth of blog posts, the Hill & Knowlton internal comms chief has produced a fascinating 240-page compendium of his thoughts, musings, insights and anecdotes on employee communication, engagement, change and more.

I once described David's blog as a lucky dip at the bazaar - you have no idea what you're going to find in there, but you know you're always guaranteed a treat. People Power is no different.

He covers a bewildering array of topics, from the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on communicators, to the growing economic power of India, from CEO communication to crisis management. Indeed, there are very few subjects relating to our profession that he doesn't touch upon.

This isn't the sort of book you read from cover to cover though. People Power is definitely not a text book. Nor, thankfully, is it the sort of dull tome consultants usually churn out, complete with their obligatory four box models. No, this is something altogether different.

Like the blog it's based on, People Power represents a rather eclectic collection of material; more Schott's Almanac than Idiot's Guide. Had it been published in the traditional way, I'm sure it would look quite different. The electronic (PDF) version I purchased obviously isn't the product of a large publishing house - there's no fancy cover, beautifully crafted illustrations or cheesy head and shoulders shot of Mr F. And because it's made the leap from the blogosphere to print, it doesn't quite flow in the way you'd expect. But it nevertheless works.

Once you understand what kind of book you're dealing with, it's doesn't disappoint.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
People are Important 30 Dec. 2007
By Bookends - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, David Ferrabee has edited his very popular blog on internal communications. A Canadian who has lived in four countries, he has consulted in dozens of other countries from Finland to Dubai. He manages to get his points across with lots of humor, so you will find many laughs (he is good at laughing at himself,too!) as well as bundle of common sense. Good for anyone managing people.
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