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  • Hardcover: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (28 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785263519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785263517
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Using some of the best-selling works of John C. Maxwell, "Relationships 101" captivates the value and importance of building positive relationships. By addressing issues like how to connect with other people, how to encourage those around you and how to become a better listener, "Relationships 101" is the perfect tool for anyone who desires to improve their relationships with others.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GJW on 13 Jun. 2011
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You can read this book in a couple of hours.
I found it easy to read, inspiring and insightful.
I recommend it very highly to anyone looking for some anecdotal ideas to improve the relationships that they are in.
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By Luke Poulter on 29 Nov. 2012
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Maxwell's Relationships 101 is a good guide to help improve and maintain any relationships.
The book is clearly written and give simple practical advice whilst adding some idealism to the overall picture.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Leadership Expert Says That Good Relationships Are A Key To Leadership 2 Sept. 2007
By Mark B. Cohen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Leadership expert John Maxwell is extremely good at expressing complex truths in series of simple sentences that individually seem obvious. As the pages go by, one realizes one is being exposed to a well-thought out comprehensive world view as to how people should lead other people in a manner than benefits society as a whole.

Relationships are important to success, the author writes, because relationships are the glue that holds team members together.

What a leader needs to know about others, the author writes, is that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Leaders can encourage others, the author says, by believing in people before they have proved themselves. This is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.

Leaders can connect with people, the author says, by always remembering that the heart comes before the head.

Leaders can become better listeners, the author says, by treating every person as if he or she were the most important person in the world.

Leaders can build trust with others, the author says, by having their words and actions match.

The most important relationships, the author says, are at home. Succeed at home, and all other relationships become easier.

A leader can serve and lead people at the same time by loving the people he or she leads more than his or her position, the author says.

As the author always does in the many books he writes, he backs up his views with famous historical quotes and anecdotes.. He quotes longtime Reagan aide Michael Deaver on how Reagan managed the press--he liked people and succeeded in getting the press corps to like him--and his staff--he found ways to make clear to everyone how important they were to him.

The author quotes President Harry Truman that "When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint--understand what he is trying to do--nine times out of ten he is trying to do right." He quotes President Woodrow Wilson as saying "The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people" and President Lyndon Johnson as keeping a sign in his office saying "You ain't learnin' nothin' when you're doin' all the talkin."

The author quotes World War I hero Marshal Ferdinand Foch: "There are no hopeless situations; there are only men and women who have grown helpless about them."

The author quotes Pennsylvania Revolutionary War era great Benjamin Franklin as saying that "Those things that hurt, instruct." He quotes Pennsylvania founder William Penn as saying "Never despise or oppose what thou does not understand."

The author quotes philosopher-poet-longshoreman Eric Hoffer: "It is not love of self but hatred of self which is at root of the troubles that afflict our world." He quotes Jeff MacNelly's comic strip character Shoe, a crusty newspaper editor, as saying "When it comes to believing in myself, I'm an agnostic." He quotes the evangelist Bill Glass as saying "Over 90% of prison inmates were told by their parents while growing up, 'Thy're going to put you in jail.'"

The author says that solid relationships are built by respect, shared experiences, trust, reciprocity, and mutual enjoyment.

The author says that important things to know about people is that everybody wants to be somebody, nobody cares how much you know until he knows how much you care, that everybody needs somebody to come alongside and help, and everybody can be somebody when somebody understands and believes him or her.

The author says that most people don't have faith in themselves, most people don't have someone who has faith in them, most people can tell when someone else has faith in them, and most people will do anything to live up to faith in them.

To become a believer in people, the author advises that people emphasize their strengths, list their past successes, instill confidence when they fail, visualize thier future successes, and expect a new level of living.

Leaders should recognize that the heart comes first, they should connect in public and in private, they should connect with people one at a time, they should expect the best of them, and they should recognize that the tougher the challenge the greater the connection. Southwest Airlines CEO Herb Kelleher is cited for the many ways in which he makes meaningful connections with his employees; Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton is also cited for going out of his way to have a long talk with a company truckdriver to both pay him respect and gain information from him.

The author's advice for developing listening skills is: look at the speaker, don't interrupt,focus on understanding, determine the need of the moment, check your emotions, suspend your judgment, sum up at major intervals, ask questions for clarity,and always make listening your priority.

Personal integrity is key to building trust with others, the author says. Integrity is not determined by circumstances, not based on credentials, and not to be confused with reputation. One can become a person of integrity by committing oneself to honesty, reliability and confidentiality; deciding ahead of time that you don't have a price; and each day doing what you should do before what you want to do.

To build a strong family, the author says, both partners have to work to stay together, express appreciation for each other, structure their lives to spend time together, deal with crises in a positive way, communicate continually, and share the same values.

To serve and lead people at the same time, one should have a servant's heart, put others ahead of one's own agenda, possess the confidence to serve, initiate service to others, not be position conscious, and serve out of love. To improve one's servanthood, one should perform small acts of kindness for others; learn to walk slowly through the crowd, making it your agenda to get to know each person's needs, wants, and desires; and to move into action and start serving.

Anyone in a leadership position, or aspiring to a leadership position, will benefit from reading this book. All the wisdom of the world can not be summarized in lists and aphorisms, but the author's methods go a long way to bringing common sense to the uncommon responsibilities many people face on a daily basis. This is an excellent book for those who wish to use their power to do much, much more than advance themselves.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great Leadership Review 24 Mar. 2004
By Reading Mom - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. Especially if you like John Maxwell books. This is a compilation of several chapters from some of Maxwell's other bestsellers, and it serves as a great refresher on key leadership principles. The chapters on integrity, and family are worth the price of the book. It is a great, and easy read.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is my `book report' per se. 28 Dec. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First impression:
"I thought you'd be bigger."
Seriously, this book is just 89 pages. It's not terribly small print and it looks like it is 1.5 line-spaced, so it's not very dense text either. Paragraph and/or topic breaks create blank lines taking up even more page space. Basically if you are a decently quick reader and set out to actually read this book in one sitting, it is likely to happen in an hour or two.

What I think I have learned:
Ronald Regan liked people, Jimmy Carter not so much. To build good relationships you need to make other people think that they are your friend. Maybe even your best friend. You need to love yourself. You need to care about other people. Instead of trying to forward your own agenda, it is better to help other people... then they will help you.

Building a solid relationship takes respect, because if you don't respect someone they can tell, shared experiences because if you share this you can build a bond. Trust because you don't want to connect with people you don't trust. A two way street, relationships built with all the help, love, respect and/or trust coming from only one person in the relationship will fail.

Building good relationships is hard. People have fear. People are self-centered. People fail to appreciate differences or acknowledge similarities.

The heart comes first. You need to think about what people love and help them achieve that, this will help build a bond and they will then want to help you.

To build good relationships you need to stop talking. You need to be a good listener, because being a good listener means that you will be showing respect, you will be building a bond, you are increasing your knowledge, it can generate loyalty, help create ideas and is the best way to help others.

Family is the place that you need to build your first and best relationships. If you are able to do this well, other relationships will be built on the success you have seen building your family relationships. You cannot be truly successful in any arena if you do not have a successful family relationship.

You need to be a servant. You need to put other people's success or situation before your own. By helping someone else when they are in need, you open the door for them to bring you up with them. They will be more then happy to help you when you are in need, since you have already helped them. It's easier to ask for the return of a favor, versus to prompt someone to give to you when they have never received anything from you.

Overall impression of this book:
Not quite a waste of time, but after reading ALL 89 fun filled pages of this book, I feel like I didn't learn very much on how to build successful relationships. And this book is page after page of quotes from this person or that person.

There is a bit of actual information in the book but if you are looking to learn how to better relate to people or build relationships, then there has to be better book out there. This topic is too big and too complex to be comprehensively covered in 89 pages.

Most of what you will read in this book is just a rehash of `this is how you should act'. I understand that the info in this book is decent. There are a lot of good things in this book, but when I think about reading a 101 book... I think that the book I am about to read is going to tell me HOW to do something. This book is more of an outline of things you should be doing to build good relationships, but it is very light on the application of the topics.

In this book you will find statements like, "listen to people to help yourself". It doesn't get very in depth as to techniques and ways that you can actively improve on specific skills.

To me this book is an ok starting point. Take each chapter and section as a suggestion on what OTHER types of books you need to read and what topics you need to really dig into to see some real improvement.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful 30 Aug. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found myself taking key notes while reading the book. I got it from the library and wasn't willing to return when the due date came upon me. I then thought I might as well buy it and always keep with me for reference. We sometimes just tend to forget what's really important and this would be a great reference to go through from time to time and esp. when we are having any possible issues with someone in our life. Or just when we feel the urge to become a better person and refresh our knowledge. I got some great insights from this book - things I hadn't thought of. It was inspirational and motivated me to immediately apply it. I will definitely recommend this. I now also want to try his other 101 series. I already have another compact book of his on success (it's blue in color and has a key on the cover) and I simply loved it. The compact format was another plus point. The reason for 4 and not 5 stars was at some points, I was left wanting to know more. but I realize this was meant to be a short course. Thank you John. This really helped me realize many truths and showed me where I could improve.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Relationships 101 17 Nov. 2011
By M. Kelly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Great book. With John Maxwell you can not go wrong. I got this book along with the 5 Love Languages, Love & Respect and How to Win Friends and Influences People. Great companion book to How to Win Friends and Influence People. The author style of writing comes across as if you where sitting in front of your father while he gave you advice. I would recommend this book for any relationships that you may have or are looking to improve upon.
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