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Publisher's Summary

Hold anyone accountable. Master performance discussions. Get results.

Broken promises, missed deadlines, poor behavior--they don't just make others' lives miserable; they can sap up to 50 percent of organizational performance and account for the vast majority of divorces. Crucial Accountability offers the tools for improving relationships in the workplace and in life and for resolving all these problems--permanently.

©2013 Kerry Paterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, David Maxfield (P)2014 VitalSmarts, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Revolutionary ideas...opportunities for breakthrough ..." (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
"Unleash the true potential of a relationship or organization and move it to the next level." (Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager)
"Brilliant strategies for those difficult discussions at home and in the workplace." (Soledad O’Brien, CNN news anchor and producer)

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Very helpful for work and life

What did you love best about Crucial Accountability?

Follows up where Crucial Conversations leaves off when dealing with ongoing problems.

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The review questions seem geared toward fiction or biography rather than nonfiction. While this book presents some of the same situations as Crucial Conversations, it goes further in helping people to deal with situations where agreements have been violated. It presents alternatives to "the ultimatum" which seem largely ignored or forgotten by many people. It helps refute either or thinking and work toward problem solving. If we all learn more ways to avoid verbal violence, perhaps our improved communication will make us all more successful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Understand Why People Violate Expecations

Before you read this, read Crucial Conversations. This will make more sense coming after but could be read independently. This book is very helpful to anyone. A parent, a manager, a team leader, or just a humble individual on their daily journey through life. It breaks down and helps explain why people do what they do, and how we as others can help them redirect themselves. It makes dealing with accountability issues into a scientific problem. The book takes you step by step through how to hold those conversations and discuss where people have missed the mark maybe.

These books have helped me in many ways in my life and have taught me how to handle people and navigate conversations. Learning these tools helps me understand how others will try and divert attention or blame away from themselves and how to bring them back in to discuss the problem at hand.

Overall an exceptional book at helping anyone learn to deal with violated expectations from your child, to your mother-in-law, to your boss.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Hemet, CA, United States
  • 06-03-14

Easy to Follow & Understand

The title says it all. The authors do a wonderful job at keeping it simple to understand and excellent tools to use in real life situations. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in see some effect change in their lives.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good info

Good info. Helps u learn how to handle interpersonal issues at home and at work. Gives simple strategies that are easy to remember.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Read "Crucial Conversations" first

Read this book after reading "Crucial Conversations," which is about handling difficult conversations. Also, there are some concepts in that book which are useful to know as they are occasionally referred to in this book. This book is about recognizing the problems (or the more critical problem in a situation), addressing broken promises, and identifying solutions that add value to the relationships.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great read

I really enjoyed how the book was presented. Each point the author made utilizes the previous research to make it truly valid. It was clear and easy to follow. I haven’t had difficulty with holding people accountable in a professional setting. However, the book also addresses odd family situations. Worth a “look.”

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Excellent!

I found this book to be excellent. The information is relevant, useful, unique, and the strategies actually work. I listened to it twice...in full and certain parts, more. Also, I appreciate the mention of and availability of online resources to accompany this book/training.

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Feel like I need to listen to it again

I definitely recommend this book to anyone and mostly to all who have read, or listened to,The Influencer and Crucial Conversations. Just be ready for a quick bath of real life examples.

I liked the tips, all the detailed examples, and the references from The Influencer and Crucial Conversations books.

Many times I found myself having to rewind and listen again as I was having a hard time distinguishing between quotes, subjects, examples, and tips. Maybe is because of the way is narrated, too continuous?

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Great skills taught

I really enjoyed this book, and found the skills taught to be pretty impressive, and just what I need to work on!

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Already Useful

Within 15 minutes of following the book, I recognized an accountability conversation that was going off the rails. I was able to pull back from the mounting argument, restore safety, and finish the conversation with a positive outcome. I felt like I had seen into how Merlin's magic was accomplished.

The authors start by outlining how to view other's motivations, and then seek understanding of other's position, then lead a safe review of what causes missed deliverables, outlining what was expected, and a follow-up path.

The authors remove the mystery of managing accountability, lay out a reasonable plan for having difficult conversations, and break the challenges into manageable steps.

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