Make Someone's Day
The most powerful words someone can say to you are “You made my day!” You haven’t just done an act of kindness when you hear that. You have done something, at the right time and in the right way, that’s the most powerful tool for inspiring your colleagues, staff, friends and even strangers. As a result, you may turn someone’s day or life around, inspire and motivate them, or simply get them unstuck. As a leader, it’s a great motivational tool to use. As a person, it’s heart-lifting and impactful to those around you. Make Someone’s Day book teaches you how to do that with many examples and short exercises, making people feel like a VIP. Through the book, learn the simple model and the many ways you can Make Someone’s Day. Or bring me in for a talk or workshop that will leave people in your organization making each other’s day on a more regular basis.
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Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D.
CEO, Human Synergistics International and author of Leadership/Impact and the Organizational Culture Inventory
Having measured the impact of thousands of leaders and managers on the people around them, I can assure you that your words and actions have a profound effect on the behavior and performance of your direct reports, peers, and even your superiors. Do them all a favor and read Howard H. Prager’s book to get some great ideas for making that impact as positive, productive, and cheerful as possible.
Dr. Tasha Eurich
Organizational Psychologist and New York Times Bestselling Author (Insight and Bankable Leadership)
This book is brimming with practical examples of ways to make someone’s day at work with easy to implement tools. This book should be in every manager’s toolkit!
Author of Digital Body Language
With inspiring stories and a clear actionable guide, Howard Prager does a masterful job of helping us show up, be there, and make someone’s day better, no matter where we are or what we are doing. Make Someone’s Day will inspire you to bring positivity and gratitude wherever you go.
Author of Reinventing You and executive education faculty, Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Every leader wants to create healthy, thriving organizations where employees are committed to success - and Make Someone's Day shows us a simple and powerful way to do it. If you want to benefit your employees, your company, and yourself at the same time, read this book now!
Valentina T. Parissi
President and CEO, Great Books Foundation
"I’m thrilled to see Make Someone’s Day come to fruition after collaborating with Howard Prager for the past year on my organization's new Leadership program. Howard embodies his philosophy in each interaction and it has been an honor to learn the lessons he shares in his book directly through our work together. His approach aligns with our organization’s mission and my personal mission to make the workplace better for all. Howard brings his wealth of experience and wisdom to all his work. If all leaders apply these concepts, we can build a more productive, inspiring and inclusive business world.
editor in chief, Reworked and former editor in chief at Chief Learning Officer magazine
With a simple yet powerful message, Howard H. Prager shows just how important it is to take care of one another. This practical guide is the key to so much of what's essential to work today - positive and inspiring employee experience, better business results, and an inspired and engaged workforce.
CEO, Linkage, Inc.
Make Someone's Day is desperately needed in a world that is often too busy to do what matters most. Howard H Prager brings both science and heart to some of the biggest leadership challenges – inspiration, motivation and engagement. These should be key focus areas for every organization and leader, especially at this critical time of recovery in the world.
Chairman and CEO – WD-40 Company
The magic of Make Someone’s Day is that it’s so easy to use and it works! A culture where people are happy and engaged is powerful, rewarding, and makes sense. I love the idea and the impact it has. Let's all step up and do this.
Association for Talent Development (ATD)
At a time when leaders are bemoaning the “soft skills gap” that plagues many workplaces, Howard offers an answer. Make Someone’s Day provides a simple roadmap, that if embraced and followed, could transform workplaces.
Deanna Silver Jacobson
Practice Manager, Allergy and Asthma Physicians
"We all appreciate the small and not-so-small kindnesses offered to us, however too often we neglect the small ways in which we can extend kindness to those very people. How much better this world could be if we followed Howard’s lead to let people know when they have made our day! I’d like to buy a case of this book to leave around town in the hopes that some people could up their kindness and expressions of appreciation a notch just to remind people how easy it is to make someone’s day!"
Behind the story
Making someone's day is how I live my life. My greatest joy is when I'm able to inspire others and make their day whether it's a simple act like being the first to sign a petition or more involved like rebuilding homes after Hurricane Katrina. I've seen how it works as a manager and leader unleashing the talents of people to do their best. And I've studied the neuroscience behind it and created a simple model to put it into use.