#107 ~ The Good Person Guidebook

October 12, 2008 at 8:00 am | Posted in Books, Reading | 2 Comments
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The Good Person Guidebook: Transforming Your Personal Life by Richard Bayer, Ph.D.

I’m not one who frequently reads self-help books.  The main reason is that I have found I don’t have the discipline to finish the book or do the “homework” that is often required.  Still, when I got the opportunity to read and review this book, I said “Yes.”  It reminded me a lot of the Dale Carnegie course I took a couple of years ago.  I enjoyed that course and have taken quite a bit of it from the books and lessons and into my everyday life.  The Good Person Guidebook is indeed in that same vain, but it was more concretely geared for employees and employers.  I felt like I got a peek inside the world of career couching and human resources after reading this book.

This book, unlike so many other self-help books, begins with the premise that you are already pretty much a good person.  Its goal is to help you be more fully aware of what it requires to be good and to knowingly make decisions like a good person mainly in the realm of your work life.  It discusses topics like protecting human dignity in the work place, linchpin virtues, humility, compassion, and success.  This book provided me with much to think about.

The author of this book, Richard Bayer, Ph.D., is the COO of The Five O’Clock Club, an organization focused on career couching and is an outplacement network for professionals, managers, and executives.  It is ideally suited for the workplace.  While I didn’t find it terribly compeling to read on my own, I think this book would make a wonderful on-going lunch and learn series.


To buy this book, click here.



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  1. It does sound like a good one. I dont read many self help books either, but one I did enjoy was Eckhart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth’.

  2. Jennifer, another book review! Yay … do you feel like your review mojo is back ?!?!

    You’ve been tackling what I consider some challenging reads lately.

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