PM World Book Review 

pmwj19-feb2014-mehrooz-people-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  THE PEOPLE FACTOR
Author:  Van Moody
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Format:  Soft cover; 296 pages
Publication Date:   2013     ISBN: 978-1400205028
Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP
Review Date:            January 2014

Introduction to the Book

This is a very insightful book on how relationships in your life can impact you in positive and negative ways.   These relationships can range from personal to professional and range in depth.  Relationship with significant others, family, social and colleagues can end up with significant implications in decisions you make every day.  The author does a good job of sharing several biblical stories and personal examples in ways which will help the reader paint a clear picture of the lessons learned from both healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to know the difference.  He also shares guidelines on fostering the healthy relationships versus creating boundaries around negative ones to assist the leader in finding happiness and growth.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into 3 parts:

  1. The Critical Laws of Relationships – This section covers topics like the importance of being your true self and investing in win-win relationships.  Guidelines such as like-mindedness, letting go of past, being selective and the importance of giving and sacrificing are shared. 
  1. How to Make the Most Difficult Choices – This section covers when and how to end unhealthy relationships and recognizing who should the focus of long term relationships. 
  1. Essentials of Great Relationships – This section raises understanding on the process of great relationships. 

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

There are many books written from various religious authors.  I found this one to be refreshing because it covers a wide variety of relationships as well as provides inspirational religious stories which effectively convey the message Van Moody tries to share with the reader.

Highlights: What I liked!

I liked the simplicity of this book.  Each guideline shared in the first part of the book is supported by an interesting personal story or religious example highlighting how impactful people can be to our decisions.  It’s an easy read with simple concept followed by a reminder check list at the end of each chapter to serve as a review.  These are followed by questions for self-reflection on how these guidelines can be applied for the reader on their own personal relationship challenges.  These also can serve nicely if shared in an environment which fosters trusted group discussion or even team building meetings. 


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaNazanin-MehroozNazanin Mehrooz, PMP 

North Texas, USA 

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and is a certified project manager.  She is currently consulting as a program manager in the transportation industry and manages a suite of related software projects.  She has extensive work experience in the defense, telecom and environmental industries with special focus on project development, delivery and operational phases.  She has led mid-sized teams as an IT Application Manager and Service Delivery Management in the telecom industry. Nazanin is an active volunteer for the PMI Dallas Chapter (Marketing group) and PMI Fort Worth Chapter as the email manager.

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