On the Shelf: The Power of Small

The premise of The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval is a simple one. “We have become a nation of skimmers, our attention limited to sound bites, live video clips, and headlines,” they say, adding that, as a result, the small cues, the simple gestures, the random acts of kindness that give life texture and meaning are all too often overlooked or ignored.

In short chapters featuring interesting anecdotes, Thaler and Koval reinforce the “power of small in our personal and professional lives,” whether by appreciating the little things, making small talk (and small impressions) or adding a minute at the end of a task to reread a paragraph or refigure a column of numbers. Recommended “small changes” include being four again, i.e. ask small questions; or testing the waters by taking baby steps toward a career change.
 
Though a quick read, The Power of Small is filled with ideas, good to great, on how to improve your personal and professional life by simply paying attention. Check it out - you'll be glad you did!