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The Power of Curiosity: How to Have Real Conversations that create Collaboration, Innovation and Understanding Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Kathy Taberner and Kirsten Taberner Siggins have drawn on their extensive experience as executive coaches to help all of us learn to pause, take a breath and, instead of thoughtlessly reacting, assuming, judging or blaming, begin to get curious. In "The Power of Curiosity", they offer thoughtful guidance and practical tools that get to the heart of the matter: clarity, understanding and real human connection. -- Brigid Schulte, New York Times Best Selling Author of "Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time", Washington Post staff writer
Conflict resolution is essential to innovation, it is how you get to the bleeding edge of what is possible. How leaders navigate their way through conflict, lead their teams and ask the questions needed to out perform, out design and out create in their field can make or break them. "The Power of Curiosity" is the leadership handbook for the 21st century giving you a simple step by step method to have real conversations that navigate conflict with innovative outcomes. -- Daymond John, Fashion Mogul and Investor on ABC’s’ Shark Tank
“The Power of Curiosity" nails it! It is exactly how every successful person I know lives or strives to live their life. A must read for anyone who wants to start applying practical tools, align with their values and achieve successful, innovative outcomes. -- Joey Gibbons, The Gibbons Hospitality Group
I own two businesses and have always felt like an ineffective boss. I knew my product was successful, but I had trouble delegating and motivating my staff. After reading "The Power of Curiosity", my relationships with my staff have completely changed. I no longer dread having to have meetings with my employees, instead I am excited to hear their thoughts and learn from them. My business has only become stronger, and my work environment is more creative and dynamic. My team is now passionate about their work--and the only thing I modified was approaching each situation with curiosity. Using the tools "The Power of Curiosity" has taught me, not only helps me be a better boss, it helps me be a better person. My husband, family and friends all feel more heard, seen and understood. By using the tools in this book, you open yourself up to learning more about your co-workers, your loved ones and yourself. A true gift. -- Sue Bell, Founder of Giggles and Grass Stains Creative Learning Center
Kathy Taberner and Kirsten Siggins’s work on being present when we listen to others, and choosing how to listen, has had a profound impact on my conflict resolution work as a mediator and negotiation trainer. "The Power of Curiosity" is a must read for learning how to apply these skills to our difficult conversations, and indeed all our conversations--to listen better, truly understand and connect with others, and move forward in our relationships--whether negotiating a large business contract, acting as a leaders in our organizations, or enriching our personal relationships. -- Colleen Cattell, ENS International Negotiation Consultant
How can we fully engage in conversations with people we disagree with—while remaining calm and producing win-win outcomes? The key is curiosity, something we all naturally have as kids but that tends to get buried beneath our adult responsibilities and multitasking lifestyles.
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As one who studies communication, connection and conflict, I really appreciated this book's balance, content, breadth and style. The writers are coaches who bring a relevance and accessibility to curiosity that has been intellectualized by previous writers on this topic.
As we live in a collaborative world today, I found it helpful as a reset for industrial age (hierarchical) thinking, making it a great fit for a new society where information is immediately available to all.
The book's chapters layout an easy-to-follow, transformative process designed to engage each other -- without triggering each other's hot buttons. In addition, the authors offer you a very useful and rich (PDF) workbook that has all of the charts, diagrams, and many exercises.
I paid for the Kindle version, and I have underlined a LOT of content, and have only a few chapters to go. Soon I realized that I wanted to buy the voice version, as it's easier/faster for me to absorb the material by ear, and I can listen to it at the gym or driving. The Audible version is exceptionally well-performed and very easy to listen to, unlike some other narrations that are not so pleasing to the ear.
This is a wonderful and complete effort that will help many people who desire to ask more / better questions to create greater understanding, find and create common ground/alignment, and levels the playing field. It's a valuable contribution to the world of appreciative inquiry literature.
I am glad I learned about it and am pleased to recommend it.
Authors Kathy Taberner and Kirsten Siggins do an excellent job of explaining how curiosity can help us in all kinds of conversations. For example, few us were ever taught how to engage in conflict in a respectful and thoughtful manner. Conflict brings up powerful emotions. Many of us go into confrontation with the goal of shutting the other person down--or we aren’t even sure what outcome is that we’re hoping for. While we don't have to agree with the other person, by taking time to listen and asking curious (non-judgmental) questions, we can better understand why the other person feels the way she does and then enjoy a meaningful, respectful dialogue.
I highly recommend this book to parents who want to raise skilled communicators and to anyone wishing to enhance their communication IQ.