Fierce Conversations illuminates the path to a new degree of authenticity, a new way of expressing who you are and what you believe as a person and a leader.
Susan Scott trains clients in the art of fierce conversations, empowering them to achieve exceptional results through transforming dialogue. Success hinges on engaging people in ways that interrogate reality, provoke learning, tackle tough challenges, tap our deepest aspirations, and enrich relationships. Fierce Conversations takes you step-by-step through your first fierce conversation - with yourself - and on to the most challenging and important conversations facing you.
Susan Scott teaches you how to:
Fierce Conversations is the master guidebook to transforming the conversations that are central to your success, offering a new way of relating to people - at work, at home, and in every area of your life.
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"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)
In the genre of Self-Improvement, this book is probably toward the top-middle of my list. Not my favorite but really good advice.
I must say that it took too long to get to the meat of the book. I was on the verge of giving up on it when she started to get into the applicable parts. Also, the book contains really useful strategies that are well laid out when you get to them, but she mentions them and defends them as if you are familiar with the tactics first, and then describes how to do them and what they are later (see "mineral rights" in the book). If I've bought a book on Fierce Conversations, I don't want to read half of it just to be convinced of its importance. If it's important, I'll keep reading. The book could have been better edited and arranged.
I'd compare this to Mindset by Carol Dweck. About that level of insight and really a book about practical ways to be more effective and happy. Mindset had a bit more hard science to it with studies and research driving it, whereas Fierce Conversations is driven by the anecdotal (but powerful) experiences of Susan Scott.
Not that the book is a story, but the Narration was generally well paced. I find that author-narrator is usually a bad idea. "Take of all the hats and write books please!" is my usual sentiment. She comes off a little school-marmy, but she's easy to understand and keeps you involved.
I have both the print and the audio version, and I need both. I listen to the audio version during "windshield time" and then review the print version. Both have value.
"All conversations are with myself, and sometimes they involve other people."
No characters - this is nonficton.
How to carry on effective communications in all conversations, especially in leadership and coaching situations.
Absolutely! This book really helped me breakthrough some barriers I've had with difficult conversations. I've always been one to sugar coat things, never wanting to make someone feel bad. The author helped me understand that straightforward honesty and accountability is where it's at... I've found the principles to be tried and true.
The entire volume. Loved it!
Engaging - Entertaining - Educational
Silence is a powerful conversation strategy.
I have listened 3 times and keep learning/hearing something new each time.
It seemed like mostly examples. I didn't find many "crunchy bits" or have any "a HA!" moments. She states that you should tell it strait and say what you mean instead of pussyfooting around. Thats what the whole book is about. For me it was redundant and disapointing.
Independent Consultant, Press Toward the Mark, LLC
At first, as I began to listen to this book, it seemed not to grasp my attention for one reason or another however about half way through my understanding of the thought and practical ideas came together for me. The book gained traction, from my perspective, and I was hooked. I intend to listen again really soon as there were so many ideas that I'd like to try out.
I wasn't sure I would stick with this book after the first couple of chapters, but I am glad I did. The content was new to me and I read a lot of personal development books. I'm glad it was narrated by the author. Her authenticity came through.
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