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“A life-affirming primer for moving us toward the conversations we need to have most.”—Doug Stone, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Difficult Conversations
“Those whose conversations with co-workers or family members aren’t producing the results they want will find plenty of helpful tools and assignments in this succinct guide.”—Publishers Weekly
“Scott’s workbook exercises will allow readers to have effective, life-changing fierce conversations of their own.”—Booklist
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- File Size : 2864 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 365 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000P28V2M
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Publication Date : January 6, 2004
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (January 6, 2004)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,211 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This quote shows the emphasis Susan Scott's book places on the important role conversations have in our lives. The book might better be named authentic conversations as the goal is not to make us fierce in the sense of that word's usual connotations. Instead, the author emphasizes truly being present to the person you are speaking with and honoring them both with clear, direct communication about what matters and also by truly listening, allowing for significant silences, and being open to being changed in the midst of the conversation.
Not groundbreaking as a book, but well thought out chapters on how to move past the surface at work and at home to have meaningful, life-changing talks with co-workers, your boss, your family and a significant other. The starting point is a fierce conversation with yourself about your values and hopes, with enough time for silence within oneself before beginning to engage others.
A better than usual business book in opening up how much we can improve our relationships not through some strategic plan, but one authentic conversation at a time.
These questions form the heart of Susan Scott’s book, where she challenges us to step into Fierce Conversations with others and ourselves. At its core, Scott challenges us to interrogate reality and talk about the things that are most important, assuming (rightly, I believe) that we often avoid doing this to our own and others detriment. She outlines four key components that form the structure of this book. Interrogate reality. Provoke learning. Tackle tough issues. Enrich Relationships.
Take one (of many) insights as an example of what you might appreciate about this book: Ground Truth. As Scott references, Ground truth is an old military term, referring to what is really going on on the ground as opposed to what officials are talking about back in the strategy room. As one might imagine, these are often different, sometimes vastly different! Think of this as the talk after the meeting around the water cooler, the things that are rarely brought up during the actual meeting. Stated truth and ground truth are often misaligned.
In my own life I have to admit that ground truth can be hard to come by. How often do I really express fully what I’m thinking to friends or family? How often do I hold back my full thoughts at work or in meetings? How often do I have things that really need to be said, but avoid saying them for fear of safety or that the other person wouldn’t care.
What I appreciate about Scott is she challenges us to have the tough conversations. Interrogate reality so you can get to ground truth. This isn’t easy, and by no means does she advocate that we shouldn’t be thoughtful about how we communicate this (cf. Chapter 6, which is a beautiful summary of how to note our emotional wake). But I think most of us, or at least myself, avoid many ground truth conversations and opt into not talking about the hard things. Scott inspires me to have more hard conversations, because often you have to go through those hard conversations to get to richer, fuller relationships. And, it is impossible to make the best decisions in work without ground truth. We’re literally shooting ourselves in the foot when we don’t show up with all of ourselves and our ideas at work.
Other things you may get out of this book:
Living life in personal integrity
The power of shared vision at work
Tips and outlines of how to effectively engage in difficult conversations
The power of understanding our emotional wake
Definitely worth your read. You won’t be sorry you’ve read this if you’re looking for something to inspire meaningful self-reflection on your life, work, and relationships.
Top reviews from other countries
Techniques that gives you the tools to use in any given situation. She jovially takes you through a journey which will enrich your perspective of everyday life.