How Full Is Your Bucket?: Positive Strategies for Work and Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Donald O. Clifton , Tom Rath
Narrator: Tom Rath
Genres: Self Development
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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Did that person -- your spouse, best friend, co-worker, or even a stranger -- "fill your bucket" by making you more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before?

How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity.

Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this audiobook will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life while reducing the negative.

Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting chances and has all the makings of a timeless classic.

Reviews (8)

Good idea, but poorly executed

Written by Anonymous on October 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is a very simple, short and sweet book about how we can fill ourselves and others with positive energy via tailored compliments, cooperation and courtesy. There's not much more to this book than that, so it's fortunate that this book is short because it very quickly begins to sound repetitive. Unfortunately the co-author, Tom Rath, has a dry, quiet and dull voice making his reading of the text a difficult listen. Even worse, his co-reader has a voice that just doesn't fit the context of this book. Sometimes she sounds annoyed and other times she just sounds unprofessional. This book is short - only 2 CDs -, but the material brought down by the readers makes it a challenge to complete.

How Full Is Your Bucket

Written by Kim Skouras on March 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought this was a great book and really quick to listen to. The book has a lot of positive action items that I can use both at work and at home. I enjoyed it!

how full is your bucket

Written by Brittany Loy on September 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

this was a very uplifting book! I would recommend this book for employees, employers, & families! very insightful!

How full is your bucket?

Written by Anonymous on January 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed listening to this book. It provided me with insight into how our actions affect others around us. By continually filling other people’s buckets with positive reinforcement, we in turn add to our bucket.

How Full is your bucket

Written by Anonymous on February 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book, not great or earth shattering but picked up a few little nuggets. One issue it addresses is the implementation of the "employee of the month" when eventually everyone gets to be "employee of the month" and how empty gestures like that are really bad for moral. I think it's a good read and might be something you want to slip to your boss.

How Full is Your Bucket

Written by Linnette Grove on October 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book to pump up your positive energy and those around you. Suggestions are mostly common sense things, nothing earthshattering or monumental. Quick listen!


Written by Anonymous on September 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I didn't find this book of value. Everything could have been said in 10 minutes.

How Full Is Your Bucket?

Written by James Callopy from Gresham, OR on February 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you are looking for a way to get the most out of every interaction you have, read “How Full Is Your Bucket”. This book provides hard data showing the impact of being positive on your work and home lives. Whether it is a POW camp, marriage counseling, recognition systems, or customer interactions the data shows the power of filling others buckets.

Author Details

Author Details

Clifton, Donald O.

Clifton is the past chairman of The Gallup Organization and the current chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center. He is the chief designer of the StrengthsFinder Profile.

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.