The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life
On Sale: January 9, 2018
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A guide to personal and professional empowerment through
civility and social skills, written by two White House
Social Secretaries who offer an important fundamental
message—everyone is important and everyone deserves to be
Former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked
for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked
for Michelle and Barack Obama, have written an entertaining
and uniquely practical guide to personal and professional
success in modern life. Their daily experiences at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue taught them valuable lessons about how
to work productively with people from different walks of
life and points of view. These Washington insiders share
what they’ve learned through first person examples of their
own glamorous (and sometimes harrowing) moments with
celebrities, foreign leaders and that most unpredictable of
animals—the American politician.
This book is for you if you feel unsure of yourself in
social settings, if you’d like to get along more easily with
others, or if you want to break through to a new level of
cooperation with your boss and coworkers. They give specific
advice for how to exude confidence even when you don’t feel
it, ways to establish your reputation as an individual whom
people like, trust, and want to help, and lay out the
specific social skills still essential to success - despite
our increasingly digitized world. Jeremy and Lea prove that
social skills are learned behavior that anyone can acquire,
and tell the stories of their own unlikely paths to becoming
the social arbiters of the White House, while providing
tantalizing insights into the character of the first ladies
and presidents they served.
This is not a book about old school etiquette; they explain
the things we all want to know, like how to walk into a
roomful of strangers and make friends, what to do about a
difficult colleague who makes you dread coming to work each
day, and how to navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of
social media in a special chapter on “Virtual Manners.” For
lovers of White House history, this is a treasure of
never-before-published anecdotes from the authors and their
fellow former social secretaries as they describe
pearl-clutching moments with presidents and first ladies
dating back to the Johnson administration.
The authors make a case for the importance of a return to
treating people well in American political life, maintaining
that democracy cannot be sustained without public civility.
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