Reading Notes: How Full Is Your Bucket

Author: Tom Rath

Format: Audible / Hardcopy

Narrated By: Tom Rath

Subject: Leadership / Motivation

Rating: 5/10

Summary:  How Full is Your Bucket is an interesting and easy read that gives insight into the ongoing effects of sincere praise and constructive criticism.   It emphasizes the value of “Bucket Filling” (sincere praise) and the consequences of “Bucket Dipping” (nonconstructive/negative interactions) has on organizations.  In fact, it reminded me of and served as a confirmation of General Colin Powell’s rule of leadership: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”  The book also warns of the consequences of overpraising and of giving insincere praise.

What I liked about the book: It is easy to read and apply!

Recommended by:  Peter Dunn


  • The magic ratio: 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction.
  • Too much positive emotion? More than 13 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction could decrease productivity.
  • We experience approximately 20,000 individual moments every day.
  • 65% of Americans received no recognition in the workplace last year.
  • The number-one reason people leave their jobs: They don’t feel appreciated.
  • Bad bosses could increase the risk of stroke by 33%.
  • A study found that negative employees can scare off every customer they speak with — for good.
  • 9 out of 10 people say they are more productive when they’re around positive people.
  • During the Korean War, relentless negativity resulted in a 38% POW death rate — the highest in U.S. military history.
  • Extending longevity: Increasing positive emotions could lengthen life span by 10 years.