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Todd Cherches - BigBlueGumball
5.0 out of 5 starsIf You're "Conflicted" About What Book You Should Read Next...Worry No More: This is The One!
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
We all face some degree of conflict in our lives, pretty much every single day. (Especially those of us who live here in NYC...where it can sometimes seem more like every single minute! :) Whether it's at work or at home -- or even internally within our own minds -- every single relationship brings with it the potential for conflict. In her amazing and life-transforming first book, Optimal Outcomes, the brilliant author, professor, and psychologist, Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, PhD, generously shares with us her secrets for success. Through a mix of practical tools, tips, and techniques coupled with engaging storytelling and powerful personal examples, Optimal Outcomes is a must-read for anyone who wants to break unproductive patterns and discover a path to better results and greater happiness.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a find if you’re in a bind !
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
What a helpful, well-written book. The author gives a clear framework for dealing with difficult relationships. Her examples from her personal life as well as her clients are perfect for explaining the steps we all need to go through to work through conflict. Helpful for intractable conflicts with co-workers, family and friends. Definitely worth reading.
This book is exceedingly clear and easy to read, provides a simple model for thinking about persistent conflicts, and offers a series of practices that are immediately actionable. They may be hard to master, but they have been illuminating my day-to-day interactions with certain family members that can sometimes be challenging, have helped me bring my attention to what's going on in me and in the dynamic, and helped me see and take some concrete actions to disrupt the dynamic.
I particularly like the cycle and path metaphors, which provide a clear frame for seeing and reclaiming my power in these dynamics.
One of the practices that I chose to start with, involves planning and doing small, pattern breaking actions, to build the path out of the cycle. I've been finding that very helpful particularly with one family member, though not at all easy.
5.0 out of 5 starsMoving from Conflict Resolution to Conflict Freedom
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
I found the framing of this book to be powerful: conflict freedom. It is a new way of thinking for me and a refreshing approach to discovering the patterns that are holding us back. I appreciate the many real world stories, couched in an evidence-based argument.
5.0 out of 5 starsPowerful way to improve your life - personally and in business
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
When making a big decision, such as buying a home or business, there are strategies that are much better than basic 'pro/con' lists.
Improving how you interact with others during a big decision - especially if arguments crop up regularly - is another powerful way to improve a decision or negotiation.
Usually we need the blessing of a spouse or business partner, so taking some time to improve the way you handle conflict can go a long way to produce a quality decision - and how much support you get afterward.
This new book provides great tips on self-diagnosing yourself to see where you have challenges dealing with conflict, so you can then fix yourself BEFORE making the joint decision.
It is a profound book to help with any joint contentious negotiation with a family member, colleague or partner! 😊
5.0 out of 5 starsA practical toolkit for transcending even the toughest conflicts in your work and in your life
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
This book is written in a clear and practical with real world examples--it's not just about conflict resolution, it's about breaking free of the entire situation and getting to an entirely better place. And what's especially helpful is that if you've always heard "it takes two to tango" this book will give you tools that work even if you're the only one using them. We all need to get better at what this book teaches!
5.0 out of 5 starsResearch & first hand experience, a great combo for dealing w/conflict
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
I appreciate how this book drew on the author's first hand experience to bring to life different types of conflict and ways to manage through them. The vignettes brought color and realism to a topic that can sometimes be hard to pin down. This approach of providing practical advice was further supported by research that provided deeper understanding of the concepts as well as credibility. Conflict mapping, shadow values and designing pattern breaking paths are just a few of the approaches that I found valuable. Great read.
5.0 out of 5 starsWe all need this book to live our best life
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2020
We all face tensions. Goldman helps us see the underlying and persistent conflicts that drive these tensions, and provides a really clear and specific framework of how we can address those underlying issues - fixing the underlying causes, not the symptoms. I appreciated the multiple, specific examples to help ground these ideas and see the potential for success. This is a book with very practical value in our work and in personal lives.