Review: The Power of Respect by Deborah Norville

Down and Dirty: 3.5 out of 5

Deborah’s book delves deep into respect and why such a little thing and give huge results.

I’ll be honest; this book wasn’t entirely my cup of tea, so my review will be biased, as all reviews are.  The arguments, research and detailed information put together in this book leave no question that respect is possibly the surest way to another person’s heart and mind.

The Power of Respect gives pointers in all facets of life: parenting, relationships, friends, family and business on how to show respect for others. This is possibly one of the places I feel the book falls a little flat because it seems to be giving good advice, but missing some of the core reasons behind the actions she suggests.

Another good book on respect I’d previously read but not reviewed (a relationship book called Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs) goes into the subject a little more deeply and has helped me fill in the gaps as I read The Power of Respect.  In part I had already read this other book and felt these principles could be moved on to other facets of life and Deborah’s book just drives that truth home.

One frustration I have with this book is its lack of explaining how to GET respect from others or how to communicate our perception of the lack of respect, especially in the work environment. Everything feels left up to management and the rest of us workers are left twiddling our thumbs until they decide to read this book.

One of my favorite parts of The Power of Respect is nearly at the very end, when the author talks about the importance of self-respect and how to create a Self Respect Inspection (SRI.. like an MRI) every so often to see how you’re feeling about yourself and how to improve your respect for yourself.  She argues that this is a key factor in being able to deal with other people’s bad manners or rude behavior, as well as influencing your confidence and attitude around others.

All in all it’s a worthwhile read, if a little frustrating at times.

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