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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Rath Narrator: Tom Rath Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780743562652
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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 bestselling author Tom Rath asked when he embarked on a massive study about the impact of friendships. His team’s findings—including the landmark discovery that people who have a “best friend at work” are seven times as likely to be engaged in their job—are sure to challenge long-held assumptions people have about their friendships.

Vital Friends will help you better understand the eight vital friendship roles your friends play in your life and at work, and will help you develop these relationships into vital friendships that measurably improve your life. Each copy also includes a unique ID code that provides access to the Vital Friends assessment and website—a personalized, groundbreaking test that will help you see your coworkers, family, friends, and significant other in a whole new light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Friendships are good for business. Companies are coming to discover that, yet are at a loss at what to do about it…What Gallup has uncovered about best friends stands out as novel.”

    USA Today

  • Vital Friends…reaches startling conclusions.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Rath’s bullishness on friendship is based on solid research and couched in intelligent prose. ”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 2/20/2014

    " very interesting look at relationships and how different relationships can help you. I also really enjoy the online participation "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wellington | 1/13/2014

    " This book seemed too mushy HR-friendly to it, even though it was discussing HR-nonfriendly things like MAKING FRIENDS in the workplace. Has some good tidbits but mostly forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donovan | 12/30/2013

    " recommended by my sister Meadowlark, I found it very insightful, especially as a business person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Liu | 12/25/2013

    " This book was OK for me. I thought it would have more suggestions for finding a friend at work. Rather, it segments the type of people you will find to be friends at work. It did teach me to tell friends why they are so special in your lifeand to thank them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 12/24/2013

    " Who knew that people who have a "best friend at work" are seven times as likely to be engaged in their job?! This book offers this and other statistics like it. While I enjoyed taking the online assessment of the people in my life to discover exactly what their contributions are, in general this book just was an easy read with a simple not too surprising message--we are people who need people, and different people bring different things to our lives, and we should capitalize on those things for each individual. The author also busts the myth that we should keep our work and personal lives separate. Friends at work are a real boon for satisfaction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angeldauria | 12/20/2013

    " Easy read, good common sense reminder but not easy to do in today's working environment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Jo | 9/9/2013

    " All based on extensive research and polling by folks with Gallup, examines the roles our various friends play. In particular, focuses on the value of having a best friend at work, claims that we are 7 times more engaged and likely to succeed when we have a best friend on the job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 8/10/2013

    " Just be ready to inspire and make sure you know the 8 vital rules of having a "can't afford to live without" friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 8/5/2013

    " Friends in workplace. Interesting corporate-book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 6/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this quick and easy read. Bottom line, it's ok to like the folks you work with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy Chen | 5/31/2013

    " Since I love friends, this was totally a book for me! I enjoyed the classifications of how each friend category is unique and valuable. I personally seek to be able to be all 7 types and know that I have a bounty of people who fulfill and enrich my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temoca | 5/12/2013

    " Quick, easy read I picked up from my boss. It makes so much sense and a lot of it is what I already knew, but maybe I didn't spend this much time labeling it. As I was reading, I just started to name my "vital friends" and realized how lucky I am. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 1/14/2013

    " Worth reading, but fairly obvious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia Brown | 8/25/2012

    " Meh. Dull and not incredibly useful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Curtis | 7/3/2012

    " I think that I must have read that book in a matter of minutes because I couldn't get to the meat of it. And when I was done I determined that it was all milk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryce | 6/29/2012

    " An interesting perspective on the importance of Friends in the workplace. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 5/28/2012

    " I read this book on a break at work and shared it with co-workers. We had a great discussion! Find out who your vital friends are and why you need them at work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mbhatia | 4/22/2012

    " This book deals with the necessity of having vital friends. It categorizes frinds by type (builder, navigator, collaborator, etc.) It is worth scanning thru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 2/13/2011

    " Read NOV 2006 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/1/2011

    " I got this from Gallup. It's really quite interesting but sometimes quite simple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 12/17/2010

    " Good quick read that puts into perspective the multiple pillars that are important to balance in one's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/4/2010

    " This book was interesting but not as profound for me as some of the other Gallup work like First Break All the Rules and Now Discover Your Strengths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 7/23/2010

    " worthy to read....one of the best author in the world.. "

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