Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin – Book Summary – Productivity Book Group

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) [ ] by Gretchen Rubin.

Dr. Frank Buck, the author of Get Organized! Time Management for School Leaders ], and regular speaker on time management, joins me as usual to co-host this summary-review episode on Productivity Book Group.

About the Author (from Amazon)

Gretchen Rubin is “the author of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, HAPPIER AT HOME, BETTER THAN BEFORE, THE FOUR TENDENCIES, and [her] new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM release[d] March 2019.”

“[She] also [has] a popular, award-winning podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” (search in your favorite podcast app) and a blog (….”

“Before turning to writing, [she] had a career in law. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, [Gretchen] clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. [She lives] in New York City with [her] husband and two daughters.”

About the Book (from amazon)

“In this groundbreaking analysis of personality type, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin reveals the one simple question that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life. 

“During her multibook investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.

“More than 600,000 people have taken her online quiz, and managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help people make significant, lasting change.

“The Four Tendencies hold practical answers if you’ve ever thought…
·         People can rely on me, but I can’t rely on myself.
·         How can I help someone to follow good advice?
·         People say I ask too many questions.
·         How do I work with someone who refuses to do what I ask—or who keeps telling me what to do?

“With sharp insight, compelling research, and hilarious examples, The Four Tendencies will help you get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. It’s far easier to succeed when you know what works for you.”

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June 29, 2019 – 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

Show Notes/Quotations

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Four Tendencies Venn diagram

Empowerment Takes More Than Minute by Ken Blanchard, PhD

Better Than Before by Gretch Rubin

Better Than Before by Gretch Rubin – Productivity Book Group

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