Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $48.00
  • Save: $4.09 (9%)
Only 17 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Reading the Room: Group D... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by hippo_books
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Only read once! Gift quality. Very minor shelf wear
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $13.15
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders Hardcover – May 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0470903438 ISBN-10: 0470903430 Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $43.91
30 New from $28.94 12 Used from $25.67
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$43.91
$28.94 $25.67
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Frequently Bought Together

Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders + Dialogue: The Art Of Thinking Together
Price for both: $65.47

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470903430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470903438
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

In Reading the Room, renowned systems psychologist and family therapist David Kantor applies his theory of structural dynamics to help leaders and coaches understand and improve communication within their teams. He helps readers understand how and why they and their teams communicate differently when faced with low-stakes or high-stakes situations, and he provides a framework to help improve leadership behavior in high-stakes situations.

Acknowledging that early personal history and adult relationships have an impact on individual leadership and communication, the author discusses how leaders' awareness of their personal histories can help them become more effective in their leadership teams.

Armed with the information outlined in this groundbreaking book, coaches and leaders will be able to: intervene effectively to produce positive change in both the group's dynamics and its outcomes, help people in the room alter their behavior to better reach their aspirations, identify the recurring sequences of behavior taking place in a group, understand why differing individual preferences for boundaries and rules affect their conversation, and much more.

Written to help readers understand the reasons why leaders and teams get along—or don't—when they communicate in a group, this book will serve as the leader's "go-to" resource for insight and perspective in leading their team.

About the Author

David Kantor, Ph.D., is a systems psychologist, organizational consultant, and clinical researcher. Kantor was formerly the head of Monitor Kantor Enterprises (MKE), a business unit of Monitor Group. Kantor has been a professor at Harvard University, Harvard University Medical School, and Tufts University Medical School. He also founded and served as director of the Kantor Family Institute, a postgraduate training center in Boston, and The Kantor Institute, a training center for consultants, coaches, and leaders.


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews
I started reading this book at the recommendation of a friend, it is well worth the effort it takes to read the entire book.
Michael Moorhouse
In fact, taking a wider view of the term "coach," one of a leader's most important responsibilities is to help others develop their leadership schools.
Robert Morris
I highly recommend this as mandatory reading for anyone in business but especially leaders and those that facilitate communication.
Russ Emrick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marie on July 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being familiar with the excellent work of Dr. Kantor, I was eager to read Reading the Room. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I found the scenarios that are woven throughout the book to be unrealistic and contrived. The majority of the book reads like a college text, requiring a considerable commitment of time and effort to read and understand. I do not doubt that this work has great value for the executive coach (which I am not). But I cannot picture the time-strapped business leader (which I was for over twenty years until my retirement) making the investment necessary to find the value.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Moorhouse on March 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I started reading this book at the recommendation of a friend, it is well worth the effort it takes to read the entire book.It provides a keen insight to the way we operate in group relationships, whether those are business, family or friends. I found myself reliving past interactions and finding additional insight on what drive individuals and eventually the outcomes.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
An interview of David Kantor by Rutger von Post appeared an issue of strategy+business magazine during which Kantor explains how leaders can tap into "structural dynamics" to create better-performing teams. The interview prompted me to obtain a copy of Reading the Room. I have just read it and then re-read highlighted passages. In my opinion, over time, this book will become a business "classic" because it provides about as much information, insights, and counsel that any executive could possibly need to understand how and why system theory (i.e. the study of phenomena as systems of interrelated parts) has its own notion of structure. Kantor delves into this structure of face-to-face communication, defines its parts, and examines how these interdependent parts interact.

As Kantor explains, "The title of this book refers to a priceless leadership skill: the ability to [begin italics] read the room [end italics] to understand what's going on as people communicate in small groups, including how the leader himself or herself is participating, when the conversation is moving forward, when it may be just about to leave the rails, and possibly even how to guide it back on course."

With regard to structural, it "connotes the idea that there is an underlying, largely unconscious structure to all human verbal exchange: when people converse, they construct and follow implicit understandings and patterns in which their conversation takes place."

As for dynamics, it "connotes the idea that ongoing patterns, functional and dysfunctional, are inherent in all continuing talk, and that dysfunctional ones result from clashes between people and the structures they bring into conversation.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paolo R. Gallo on August 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
David Kantor book is a practical, useful, relevant book that provides a credible framework to understand human interactions.
In my views Reading the room is a truly remarkable book that has both the intellectual gravitas of a credible system psychologist and very practical examples that will make the reading relevant and applicable. 2 examples: the structural levels of communication, operating systems, (open, closed, random), communications domains (Affect, Meaning and Power) and actions models (move, follow, oppose, bystand) is a truly excellent, simple yet profound framework to fully understand communication, to "read the room". Chapter 12, building a leadership model, is another excellent example - with a compelling case study - to almost visualize leaders in the making. In substance I have found the book simply excellent, sure it takes quality time to understand it but it is time well invested for anyone who is interested to understand how to relate to other people in a meaningful and relevant way.

5 stars, no doubts.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By get_real on April 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another unique & interesting way to categorize people's varioua traits on scales between strength and weakness, or the good side and the dark side as defined within. Writing more tactical anectdotes that show how the different character types can optimize their responses to one another when in crisis would make this book worth the $27 invested.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Russ Emrick VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The only thing that could be improved with this book is the title. I say that because the scope and advice of "Reading the Room" goes so far beyond face-to-face communications and applies to more than coaches and leaders. This book is profound - and that can be said of very very few books. It give deep insight into people and how to be an effective change agent. "Reading the Room" anchors in moral excellence and how to have real impact for the betterment of organizations, communities and family. I found myself learning principles that I can apply to virtually every area of my life. An amazing book.

Without reading this book my comments might not make much sense. However this book really does give you the tools to understand yourself and the childhood forces that molded your current behavior - and the behaviors of those you live and work with. David Kantor weaves all of this through an engaging story, much like Patrick Lencioni does in his series of books. David talks about when as children our idealization of love gets damaged, as of course reality of anything always does, we spend the rest of our lives trying to repair love - seeking it, giving it, protecting it, withholding it. Love or anything involving emotions isn't popular in business - however how can it be denied that emotions in truth animate everything. EQ, Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, has proven that.

"Reading the Room is about what is involved in a whole, unified, fully integrated life, and leaders want to be loved. That's why they do what they do, even when their motives may look simply material or power centered. Love is connection. Connection is the bridging of difference, and difference is bridged through words, language, talk.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?