Book of the Week: How Full is Your Bucket? By: Tom Rath and Donald Clifton2 min read


How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person, being your spouse, best friend, coworker, boss or even a stranger, ‘fill your bucket’ by making you feel more positive? Or did that person ‘dip from your bucket’, leaving you more negative than before?

How Full is Your Bucket? is a book that reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health and longevity.

Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life, while reducing the negative.

How Full is your Bucket? is all about learning how to fill ones bucket with positives to lift them up posed to empting their bucket with negativity to pull them down.

I will share a fact that will give you a better understanding on how important it is in business to fill ones bucket. The number 1 reason people leave their jobs, is that they don’t feel appreciated. Disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy approximately $400–$500 Billion annually in lost productivity. Teams that receive regular recognition and praise will increase their productivity, are more likely to stay with an organization, receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers and have better safety records and fewer accidents on the job.

In the case of bucket filling, you may want to upgrade the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” doesn’t apply. Instead take the stance of a slight variation of “Do unto others as they would have you do unto them”.

By reading this book you will find that it’s filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, that are sure to inspire lasting changes in all your future interactions.

Enjoy this book as I did. Learn and practice these strategies in this book and you will have more friends, a better marriage, more engaged productive employees, and most importantly you’ll be healthier, happier, and will be well on your way to a longer life.