Vital Friends : The People You Can't Afford to Live Without (Hardcover)

Author: Rath, Tom

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From the Publisher:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath shares the results of a landmark investigation.

More than a book about the workplace and more than a study of what makes friendships work, Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without (Gallup Press; hardcover, August 1, 2006) by Tom Rath is the first book to take a comprehensive look at the value of friendships in our society across both our private and public lives. The results are startling, provocative, and certain to change the way we look at friendships forever.

Drawing on more than 5 million interviews conducted by The Gallup Organization as well as the work of several leading researchers, Rath uncovers some startling truths about the bonds we form and how they affect everything from our attitude to our productivity.

Vital Friends shines a potent and provocative new light on the value of friendships throughout our lives and gives us each the tools to make the most of each and every one of these connections.

About the Author:
Tom Rath is coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? -- a book that draws on decades of research to explore the differences between leading an enthusiastic life and a miserable one. With more than 500,000 copies in print within its first year of publication, this international bestseller is now available in more than 10 languages.

Rath has been with The Gallup Organization for 12 years and currently leads Gallup's workplace and leadership consulting worldwide. He also serves on the board of, an organization dedicated to cancer research and patient support.

Rath earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, a master's from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a degree at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Rath's second book, Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without, an examination of the friendships that make work and home life more positive and productive, was published in August 2006."


Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9781595620071
SKU 202322419
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1595620079
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 1T
From the Publisher
Editors Note What's the quickest way to ruin a friendship? Do great friendships have anything in common? Are close friendships in the workplace such a bad thing?These are just a few of the questions that #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath asked when he embarked on a massive study about the impact of friendships. Along with several leading researchers, Rath pored through the literature, conducted several experiments, and analyzed more than five million interviews from The Gallup Organization's worldwide database.His team's discoveries produced Vital Friends, a book that challenges long-held assumptions people have about their relationships. And the team's landmark discovery - that people who have a "best friend at work" are seven times as likely to be engaged in their job - is sure to rattle the structure of organizations around the world.Drawing on research and case studies from topics as diverse as management, marriage, and architecture, Vital Friends reveals what's common to all truly essential friendships: a regular focus on what each person is contributing to the friendship - rather than the all-too-common approach of expecting one person to be everything.The book includes a unique ID code that provides access to the Vital Friends Assessment and Web site. This groundbreaking test reveals which friends play each of the eight vital friendship roles in your work and life.Tom Rath's fast-paced and inviting storytelling takes a mountain of important research and makes it remarkably accessible and applicable. By the time you finish reading Vital Friends, you'll see your coworkers, family, friends, and significant other in a whole new light.
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