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Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite
Most of us wouldn't think of pairing green beans with ice cream, but Bill Sims Jr. discovered that they ARE compatible. When as a young boy he refused to eat his green beans, his mother offered him ice cream as a reward and he miraculously "saw those green beans . . . as a first-class ticket to that lovely ice cream." In his motivational book called "Green Beans & Ice Cream" Sims offers concrete, practical advice on the best way to reinforce performance in any relationship: as a boss, spouse, parent, teacher. Quoting fellow author Bob Nelson, Sims states: "You get the best results by creating a fire within people, not by lighting a fire under them." Citing a plethora of real life examples and illustrations, he describes how to be successful in relationships, or how to fail. For Sims, positive reinforcement (R+) is the most effective tool we can utilize to achieve the behavior and optimal performance we desire in any given situation.
"Well-delivered R+ is positive, specific, and personal. It is not just saying, 'Good job.'" Sims correctly reminds the reader that we all hunger for "sincere, specific, positive feedback," instinctively recognizing that it makes us feel good. I enjoyed reading this book, wishing I had known and implemented, as a wife and parent, much of his teaching many years ago. Geared primarily toward business leaders, it is readily applicable to any relationship or job position. "Make sure your positives far outweigh the negatives," he states, reminding us that four positive comments are necessary to nullify one negative. Any reader will benefit by reading this timely message.