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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval Narrator: Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780739381892
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The authors of the national bestseller The Power of Nice once again tackle conventional wisdom with a provocative and counterintuitive book about the importance of sweating the small stuff in our lives and in our careers.

Our smallest actions and gestures often have outsized impact on our biggest goals, say Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Did you double-check that presentation one last time, or hold the elevator for a stranger? Going that extra inch—whether with a client, customer, family member, or friend—speaks volumes to others about our talent, personality, and motivations. After all, if we can’t take care of the small details, how can we be counted on to deliver when it really matters?

In today’s challenging times, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, it’s often the baby steps that put us on the path to delivering a true competitive advantage. The real secret to getting ahead in life and in our careers is to refocus our attention on the small details that, if disregarded, can sabotage a multimillion-dollar ad campaign or undermine your most important relationships. Kaplan Thaler and Koval show how to get more of what you want with surprisingly less than you’d imagine.

Written in the same entertaining, story-driven style that made The Power of Nice the go-to book for finishing first, The Power of Small demonstrates how all of us can harness the power of small to improve and reinvent our lives. It’s the ultimate guide to shrinking your outlook to broaden your horizons.

Get small and get going!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/17/2014

    " This is my kind of book. I feel validated. How many times have I said, "YES, sweat the small stuff?" Not that I always do what they suggest, like writing letters and saying thank you, but I want my own copy so I can read it again and improve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/16/2014

    " This was one of those spur of the moment, picked off the shelf books. Without saying, this book is about motivation. The book really brings home why others are getting ahead and why you are not. It is the small decisions that could make huge impacts in our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Costelloe | 1/18/2014

    " A very inspiring book about why one should not neglect "small" things. In fact you might come away from reading this book by thinking that, considering what can happen from "small things", nothing is a "small" thing. I look forward to reading their other book "The Power of Nice." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/17/2014

    " Good basic reminders about the importance of the little things in life. Now to go write some thank you notes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Galbraith | 1/10/2014

    " This book changed me. Simply, it convinced me to pay attention to a level of detail in life I hadn't considered before, and provided some convinced anecdotes to support its assertions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/2/2014

    " pay attention-I've heard this before. But the small details matter and it serves me well to pay attention to that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 12/28/2013

    " A short motivational book which reminds the reader there is power in paying attention and saying thank-you. Good things to remember in the totality of life, not just when conducting business. An easy and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Houston | 12/20/2013

    " Interesting little tidbits about how the small things do make a BIG differece, but a tiny part of me thought this this was very clever way of marketing the Kaplan Group and thier company, otherwise I probably would of given it the 4 stars it probably deserved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/7/2013

    " Very interesting & a quick read. Was it life chagning? No. Does it make me be a little bit more aware of the small things I do? Yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/30/2013

    " This book really drives home the idea that it is the little things in life and business that make the difference. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/28/2013

    " Gives important tips on picking up on the needs or wants of others before they ask. Docked it a star for being repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 3/26/2013

    " Very good read. Really makes clear the need for individuals to go beyond their own constrained minds. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 1/29/2013

    " Meh. Too much name-dropping, nothing new, read the first bit and then skimmed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbw | 11/15/2012

    " This little book by Thaler and Koval is full of stories of people who made little changes in their thinking, actions or contributions in life. Some of these change led to big financial success in business. I really enjoyed listening to this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 10/20/2012

    " Some good nuggets. A bit rambling and disorganized, but a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aline | 8/31/2012

    " what a great book!!! so inspired after reading it!!! I loved!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 4/14/2012

    " A philosophy worth adapting to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/15/2011

    " Excellent book on CD; among the many I want for my personal library to listen to again and again. Very empowering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maira Lizbeth | 2/14/2011

    " My favorite quote of the book: "If you think small things don't matter, think of the last game you lost by one point". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Jefferson | 8/21/2010

    " Preferred The Power of Nice much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbw | 8/3/2010

    " This little book by Thaler and Koval is full of stories of people who made little changes in their thinking, actions or contributions in life. Some of these change led to big financial success in business. I really enjoyed listening to this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/8/2010

    " Excellent book on CD; among the many I want for my personal library to listen to again and again. Very empowering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 4/17/2010

    " Very interesting & a quick read. Was it life chagning? No. Does it make me be a little bit more aware of the small things I do? Yes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/20/2010

    " Interesting little tidbits about how the small things do make a BIG differece, but a tiny part of me thought this this was very clever way of marketing the Kaplan Group and thier company, otherwise I probably would of given it the 4 stars it probably deserved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 12/21/2009

    " A short motivational book which reminds the reader there is power in paying attention and saying thank-you. Good things to remember in the totality of life, not just when conducting business. An easy and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 10/11/2009

    " Some good nuggets. A bit rambling and disorganized, but a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 9/10/2009

    " pay attention-I've heard this before. But the small details matter and it serves me well to pay attention to that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 8/14/2009

    " A philosophy worth adapting to life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/28/2009

    " Gives important tips on picking up on the needs or wants of others before they ask. Docked it a star for being repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 7/1/2009

    " Good basic reminders about the importance of the little things in life. Now to go write some thank you notes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/20/2009

    " This was one of those spur of the moment, picked off the shelf books. Without saying, this book is about motivation. The book really brings home why others are getting ahead and why you are not. It is the small decisions that could make huge impacts in our lives. "

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About the Narrator
LINDA KAPLAN THALER is CEO and chief creative officer and ROBIN KOVAL is president of THE KAPLAN THALER GROUP, creators of pop-culture icons like the Aflac Duck. Together, Kaplan Thaler and Koval have been featured on Today, the Martha Stewart Show, and Nightline, as well as in USA TODAY, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek, among many others. Kaplan Thaler and Koval each live in New York.