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#50968 - 04/17/05 08:07 AM Know any good human relations books?
Sparkeee32 Offline

Registered: 03/23/04
Posts: 32
Loc: Federal Way WA USA
Howdy! I nead to improve my human relations skills, and teamwork skills. I would like to find some trade books that help with improving these skills. Any ideas would be appreatiated! Brian, Sparkeee24!

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#50969 - 04/17/05 09:30 AM Re: Know any good human relations books?
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Advice I gan give..even if I don't follow it as well as I should:

-Ever read a Dale Carnigie book?;
-Always have a pleasant demeanor, and be first to say "Hello" or "good morning";
-Watch those who have the knack; and,
-Immigrants- even the "slowest", seem to have exceptional people skills, and manage to avoid getting caught up in job politics. Watch and learn.

#50970 - 04/17/05 09:39 AM Re: Know any good human relations books?
redwyernut Offline

Registered: 04/16/05
Posts: 13
Loc: augusta ga USA
Those will help a lot. Also, The Bible is a good one. I read the NIV on, but you can choose the version that's easiest to understand. 10 minutes a day will change your life. Read and understand, you can even search for specific things like, "working with others", or "character".

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#50971 - 04/18/05 01:59 PM Re: Know any good human relations books?
dereckbc Offline

Registered: 10/08/03
Posts: 158
Loc: Tulsa, OK
Yes, look for two authors of Andrew "Dice" Clay, and Richard Pryor.

#50972 - 04/19/05 06:45 AM Re: Know any good human relations books?
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Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 615
Loc: Palo Alto, CA, USA
I'll second Reno's suggestion--Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People is a superb book that's stood the test of time (it's still in print after all these years). I recommend it highly.

#50973 - 04/19/05 02:50 PM Re: Know any good human relations books?
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Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 769
Loc: Oradell NJ USA
Being weak on interpersonal skills is not that rare with technically minded people. Of course, we all have to work for a boss, and all bosses are persons. How much of a raise you'll get is greatly dependent on what the boss *thinks* you are doing, not what you are in reality are doing. "Office Politics" (which is not confined to offices, any worksite qualifies) is something not explicitly taught in school. I don't mean the cut throat back stabbing dirty tricks kind of politics, what I mean would be the everyday give and take, lending a hand, avoiding embarrising the boss in front of the crew or customer (even when you know it's clear that he screwed up (unless a risk to life would occur)). A book I got years ago
"Office Politics" by IIRC Marlyin Moats Kennedy was pretty good. I've also seen for sale "Office Politics for dummies" but I haven't read it so I cant say if it's good or not.


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