Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

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McGraw-Hill Education, Jun 18, 2002 - Self-Help - 256 pages
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Foreword by Stephen R. Covey, Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

A PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

"Most books make promises. This one delivers. These skills have not only helped us to change the culture of our company, but have also generated new techniques for working together in ways that enabled us to win the largest contract in our industry's history."--Dain M. Hancock, President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

A powerful, seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill

"Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives. Based on the authors' highly popular DialogueSmart training seminars, the techniques are geared toward getting people to lower their defenses, creating mutual respect and understanding, increasing emotional safety, and encouraging freedom of expression. Among other things, readers also learn about the four main factors that characterize crucial conversations, and they get a powerful six-minute mastery technique that prepares them to work through any highimpact situation with confidence.

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User Review  - wklgaera - Overstock.com

This book was suggested to me by a leadership coach and it is so easy to read and apply I bought these for my direct reports! Cannot say enough good things about this and Im not a self help book person. Read full review

Great book!

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This book should be mandatory especially in the workplace! It gives great insight into whats behind crucial conversations and gives great tools to be an effective communicator! Great price at Overstock.com! Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler are top international corporate consultants and cofounders of Vitality Alliance, Inc., and VitalSmarts. Together they have developed dozens of corporate training programs for dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

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