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Developing your people skills key to success


Leveraging People for a Corporate Turnaround

Yuval Bar-Or, PhD

TLB Publishing; $24.95 (U.S.)

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Learning to recognize and handle the “top 12 constructive” and the ‘dirty dozen destructive’ human traits are key to successful companies, says author Yuval Bar-Or.

In his new book, Leveraging People for a Corporate Turnaround, Bar-Or offers advice about how undesirable characteristics and behaviours may be causing, or contributing to, much of a company’s dysfunction. He suggests that an effective leader’s job is “to convert the negative momentum of failures, disappointments, departures, recriminations, stagnation, inefficiencies, and financial losses into trust and team work to gain positive momentum toward success, innovation, and value-creation.”

While Bar-Or’s book may not contain any earth-shattering revelations or approaches, he does a great job in reminding us that people are the backbone of any organization. Struggling companies who ignore their people, and what drives them individually and collectively toward success, will likely not achieve the success they seek.

With his emphasis on emotional intelligence and people insight, Bar-Or offers some badly needed reminders that no matter how good the company’s product or service, it takes committed, motivated people to deliver it.

For more information, visit Bar-Or’s website or order the book at TLB Publishing at

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