Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tom Rath
Narrator: Scott Lange
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: October 2016
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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What s the quickest way to ruin a friendship? Can bosses actually learn something from marriages? Are very close friendships in the workplace such a bad thing?

These are just a few of the questions that #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath asked when he embarked on a massive study of friendships. Along with several leading researchers, Rath pored through the literature, conducted several experiments, and analyzed more than 5 million interviews from Gallup s worldwide database.

His team s discoveries produced Vital Friends, a book that challenges long-held assumptions people have about their relationships. And the team s landmark discovery that people who have a best friend at work are seven times as likely to be engaged in their job is sure to rattle the structure of organizations around the world.

Drawing on research and case studies from topics as diverse as marriage, management, and architecture, Vital Friends reveals what s common to all truly essential friendships: a regular focus on what each person is contributing to the friendship rather than the all-too-common approach of expecting one person to be everything.

The book gives the reader access to the Vital Friends Assessment and website at This groundbreaking test reveals which friends play each of the eight vital friendship roles in your life.

Tom Rath s fast-paced and inviting storytelling takes a mountain of important research and makes it remarkably accessible and applicable. By the time you finish reading Vital Friends, you ll see your family, friends, coworkers, and significant other in a whole new light.

Author Details

Author Details

Rath, Tom

Tom Rath is a man of business and has seen companies come and go as the Director of Membership and Marketing for the Evanston, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He has been assisting new and established businesses through the Chamber of Commerce and has a keen insight in what is needed to build a part-time business that is going to make money. In addition to the Chamber, Rath has worked with a number of community organizations, in improving operations and marketing.