Isaacs, who is Director of the Dialogue Project at MIT and a consultant to major corporations, including AT&T and Intel, believes that corporate, political, and personal communication can be a process of thinking together--as opposed to thinking alone, and then trying to convince others of our positions by refusing to consider other opinions, withholding information, and ultimately getting angry and defensive. This is not pie-in-the-sky, let's-all-hold-hands-and-sing stuff. He offers concrete ideas for both listening and speaking; for avoiding the forces that undermine meaningful conversation; for changing the physical setting of the dialogue to change its quality. The outcome, he says, can be quite different from the traditional winner-loser structure of arguments and debates. Businesses can make more reasoned decisions, and thus earn more money. Governments can create peaceful resolutions to seemingly intractable problems. (For example, Isaacs cites secret conversations between Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk in South Africa, which occurred over a number of years, while Mandela was still under arrest and led to a new framework for their country.) And, although this is a book primarily geared toward managers, even married couples can learn a few new ways to communicate. --Lou Schuler
Should be mandatory reading for anyone desiring to be a true leader!
As a person that feels as if there is something missing in the conversations I hold in my life and in my career I found this book to be very insightful.
A book written in a language that is easy to understand and full of real life examples.
First let me say that this book isn't meant to be a fast read. There is little reason to believe that you can retain all the information in this book during the first reading. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kenneth Moore
This is a scientist who wrote an art book. Insightful and grounded. The only thing I wish it could be better is: could have been compressed and made more succinct.Published 4 months ago by heartofshepherd
The used book vendor left a used sticker on this book without the book jacket. When I removed the sticker it damaged the cover.
Otherwise, the book was fine.
This book grew out of MIT's Dialogue Project. In the forward, Peter Senge noted about dialogue: "Once people rediscover the art of talking together, they do not go back. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alicia Crumpton
Isaacs capture the essence of understanding each other and creating our common human future of possibilities using the 'analog heart' as compass to beauty, truthfulness and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jose Casari
I have not finished the book so I am waiting for suggestions on how to utilize the concepts, but it is clear and well written. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marcia Flagg
This is an amazing book that I've reread many times and each time I do, I come into a new enlightenment, new understanding about myself and dialogue, the art of shared inquiry. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Duke Rohe
Old like I am I've read a lot. I have a maximum: if I read twenty pages and the book says nothing or little to me, I don't read it anymore. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Tiago M. Bevilaqua
Perhaps my expectation of this being a practical tool was inaccurate. It is a verbose set of ramblings about dialog (or dialogue if you prefer). Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by E. J.