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Crucial Confrontations Audiobook
Crucial Confrontations
Written by: 
Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Narrated by: 
Barrett Whitener
Crucial Confrontations Audiobook

Crucial Confrontations

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Publisher's Summary

Discover skills to resolve touchy, controversial, and complex issues at work and at home, now available in this follow-up to the internationally popular Crucial Conversations.

Behind the problems that routinely plague organizations and families, you'll find individuals who are either unwilling or unable to deal with failed promises. Others have broken rules, missed deadlines, failed to live up to commitments, or just plain behaved badly, and nobody steps up to the issue. Or they do, but do a lousy job and create a whole new set of problems. Accountability suffers and new problems spring up. New research demonstrates that these disappointments aren't just irritating, they're costly, sapping organizational performance by 20 to 50 percent and accounting for up to 90 percent of divorces.

Crucial Confrontations teaches skills drawn from 10,000 hours of real-life observations to increase confidence in facing issues like:

  • An employee speaks to you in an insulting tone that crosses the line between sarcasm and insubordination. Now what?
  • Your boss just committed you to a deadline you know you can't meet, and not-so-subtly hinted he doesn't want to hear complaints about it.
  • Your son walks through the door sporting colorful new body art that raises your blood pressure by 40 points. Speak now, pay later.
  • An accountant wonders how to step up to a client who is violating the law. Can you spell unemployment?
  • Family members fret over how to tell granddad that he should no longer drive his car. This is going to get ugly.
  • A nurse worries about what to say to an abusive physician. She quickly remembers "how things work around here" and decides not to say anything.

©2005 Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler; (P)2005 AMI

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    E. C. McKibbin south africa 06-23-16
    E. C. McKibbin south africa 06-23-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Essential life skills"

    This book explains why it's crucial to confront issues and provides a safe and containing way to achieve this. A must read

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    Lenora Martin 06-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Relatable references"

    It was very insightful for author to provide relatable examples for business and family. I would feel confident to recommend this to my personal and professional peers.

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    kyung 05-24-16
    kyung 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    every married couple, parent, and/or leader has much to gain from this book! great book

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    BaconBeerBikes Daejeon, Korea 04-28-16
    BaconBeerBikes Daejeon, Korea 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mostly same as Crucial Concersations; audio not great"

    If you have read the Crucial Conversations book, you'll find this is largely a rehash.

    Audio quality is not great; raspy, rattly voice around halfway mark. Couldn't finish.

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    Levi Johnson 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly Practical and Funny"

    Review of Crucial Confrontations

    This book provides a concise framework for facing uncomfortable confrontations. Humorously illustrated with visual language in real world situations backed up by 25,000 interviews, the authors first show the important of learning to have crucial confrontations by showing the consequences of avoiding them: broken relationships, frustrating and disfunctional work environments, and misunderstandings and miscommunications which bring about deaths on a large scale.

    Read this book if you want to understand how to confront with diplomacy and build stronger relationships, face the stickiest conversations with one's spouse, or dramatically increase feelings of safety and functionality in your organization.

    I'm want to read this book again and again to built my skills as a diplomatic confrontationalist, and to perhaps save myself the immense pain of broken relationships.

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    Christopher Bender 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Crucial series is outstanding"

    For anyone who has to deal with conflict, the Crucial series of books are a must.

    Crucial Confrontations places so many tools in your hands that you will be set up for success in taking on the most difficult of conversations.

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    Sharlot Grehem 10-30-14

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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Barrett Whitener?

    Probably


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    N/A


    What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think there's much a person can do with non-fiction, instructional material, though he did a good job. I was very happy he wasn't reading in that annoying 1950s newsreel voice as most non-fiction narrators do.


    Do you think Crucial Confrontations needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It could have been shorter; why make it longer?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a topic a person will not learn by reading a book. From the book, one can, however, get an idea of the attitudes a person should correct in himself, and it describes a number of approaches that are more considerate during a "crucial confrontation." I think this takes tons of practice and the availability of impartial, but well-schooled "confrontation witnesses" who can provide constructive comments on how the person actually handles these "events." All this book can do, in one reading, is to make one aware that there are better ways to handle these difficult conversations, and there are excellent suggestions to be had here. It takes a lot of time to internalize this stuff to make it your own and to do some crucial confrontations with yourself. My main takeaway is be considerate, compassionate, and open-minded to potential solutions.

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    Luke 05-15-14
    Luke 05-15-14
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have had an actual human read this book rather than a robot.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    Everything! The material was good, really good in some cases, but listening to his performance almost completely ruined the book for me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Whitefish, MT, United States 01-25-13
    Cindy Whitefish, MT, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "DON'T PASS UP THIS BOOK"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. There are so many applicable, real life, work and home examples with viable solutions. I work in Human Resources and successful conversations are KEY in my life. If you are looking to improve your human relations skills, this is the book for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author talks about creating safety in the conversation for the other person. This creates an atmosphere that the other person and yourself can communicate in honestly and safely without fear of ______ - you fill in the blank.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never felt compelled to write a review until now.

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    John 08-06-12
    John 08-06-12
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    "Real strategies for managing commitment"

    Having listened to Influencer, by the same authors, I had a fair idea what to expect. Being asked constantly how to make sure that the systems I help companies create will actually be followed by the team, I now have some great strategies to offer.
    Systems are just like medicine - they only work when used properly. Properly means systems plus training plus support. But the missing component has for most managers or business owners been that difficult to manage situation where you know someone isn't doing what they've been trained to do, or simply chooses not to do what they should.
    How does the average manager handle that? Badly, but only because we never actually learn the right way. So often anger and frustration direct the response to non-compliance and this never helps.
    At the very least, Crucial Confrontations will help you see some alternatives to "going off the deep end" while at best, it could give you a set of effective strategies that will build in accountability, reinforce your values, and set integrity as a standard for your business (or family). I am now listening to Crucial Conversations and have bought You Can Change Anything on the strength of approach and insight of the authors.

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