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Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time | [Susan Scott]

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time

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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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Overcome barriers to meaningful conversation
  • Expand and enrich the territory you explore with colleagues, friends, and family
  • Explore issues by mining for increased clarity, improved understanding, and impetus for change
  • Confront challenges with courage, compassion, and skill
  • Leverage new skills for frictionless debate
  • Handle strong emotions - your own as well as others'
  • Build breakthrough relationships with colleagues, clients, friends, and family

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.

©2002 Fierce Conversations Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Matthew Falls Church, VA, United States 03-06-13
    Matthew Falls Church, VA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Took a while, but Scott eventually delivered"
    Where does Fierce Conversations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Fierce Conversations to and why?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hayyamini USA 07-08-09
    Hayyamini USA 07-08-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Deadly dull"

    I don't know how good the author is at conversations, but the book is unbearable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Algoma, WI, USA 02-27-04
    Todd Algoma, WI, USA 02-27-04
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    "I thought it was excellent~"

    Not only helped me with issues at work, but is having a big impact on my marriage. Highly recommended...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Spartanburg, SC, United States 08-07-12
    Stephen Spartanburg, SC, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fierce Conversations to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fierce Conversations?

    "All conversations are with myself, and sometimes they involve other people."


    Which character – as performed by Susan Scott – was your favorite?

    No characters - this is nonficton.


    What did you learn from Fierce Conversations that you would use in your daily life?

    How to carry on effective communications in all conversations, especially in leadership and coaching situations.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lovem3k PEORIA, AZ, United States 06-12-12
    Lovem3k PEORIA, AZ, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you listen to Fierce Conversations again? Why?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire volume. Loved it!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth East Hardwick, VT, United States 05-07-12
    Elizabeth East Hardwick, VT, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "relevant and real"
    If you could sum up Fierce Conversations in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging - Entertaining - Educational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Me


    Which character – as performed by Susan Scott – was your favorite?

    N/A


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Fierce Conversations?

    Silence is a powerful conversation strategy.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened 3 times and keep learning/hearing something new each time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-10-03
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    "Not enough"

    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.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Woods 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Fierce Conversations!"

    This book gives lots of things to put into every day living as well as much to think about. I will really find this book very helpful in my life!

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    Larry 02-17-15
    Larry 02-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I learned a lot about listening"

    I loved the book and learned that listening is a party of conversations I need to work on. great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. DeTroye Longmont, CO USA 02-17-15
    S. DeTroye Longmont, CO USA 02-17-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent cover to cover"
    What did you love best about Fierce Conversations?

    The book was immediately applicable, (and helpful) with a real situation in my work place. My 'fierce' conversation needed to occur within days of buying and listening to the book, so I was an avid listener to be sure, but I'll be listening again soon. Loved the thread of humor woven throughout the book, the examples and flow in general.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No character in this book, but there were ample examples of situations between both work type relationship characters and personal life characters. Great balance of both sides of most everyone's life 'coin'.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the chapter on "learn to deliver the message without the load", (chapter 5). Everyone should read this, (we'd all be having more peaceful and meaningful conversations!)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just the happy feeling of learning something of value. Love it when that happens!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've read in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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