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Flawless Consulting Audiobook

Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Third Edition

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Publisher's Summary

When the landmark best-seller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the "consultant's bible." With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants.

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Peter Block's groundbreaking book explores the latest thinking on consultation. It includes new insights about how we can organize our consulting around discovering the strengths, positive examples, and gifts of the client organization or community. The book remains a practical and specific guide for anyone who needs to develop a capacity for deeper relatedness and partnership - which means it is for all who wish to make a real difference in the world.

This new edition covers the consulting challenges that have arisen from the way we routinely communicate electronically and live in the virtual world. Block suggests ways to overcome the distancing and isolating effects inherent in electronic connects. The book also includes practical guidance on how to ask better questions, gives suggestions for dealing with difficult clients, and contains expanded guidelines on more engaging forms of implementation.

Flawless Consulting includes two new examples, taken from health care and educational reform efforts, to show how consulting skills can be useful (and often transformative) in a broader context. These illustrative examples point the way for achieving changes for leadership in business, government, religion, human services, and more.Like the first two editions, Flawless Consulting affirms the notion that authentic behavior and personal relationships are the key to technical and business success. By demonstrating their ability to be truly authentic at each step in the process, consultants can aim toward creating workplaces that are more collaborative and ultimately more successful.

©2011 Peter Block (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"Surpasses the high standards of relevance, clarity, and wisdom characteristic of previous versions... Whether one's consulting experience spans five years or fifty, there is a great deal in this new edition to prompt us to reflect on our own practice and to discuss with colleagues." (Roger Harrison independent consultant and author of Consultant's Journey: A Dance of Work and Spirit and The Collected Papers of Roger Harrison)

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    "Erik Synnestvedt Is Annoying"

    He up speaks at the end of every sentence. I couldn't get past chapter 2 it's painful to listen to him. Don't get anything narrated by Erik Synnestvedt.

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    Fred 06-06-16
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    "Extremely difficult to listen to"

    I've finished more than 300 books and this was by far the most difficult to listen to. The narrator read for more than 9 hours in a sing song tone. The material was good, this is one that might be better in a kindle.

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    Daniel Kaschel Irving, TX 05-08-15
    Daniel Kaschel Irving, TX 05-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Packed full of insight"

    In a rare departure from the standard formula for books like this, Flawless Consulting is packed full of insight with far-reaching implications for business and life.

    The narrator has some strange ideosychrasies in his reading cadence; you'll get used to them though.

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    Joseph Ivy USA 03-07-13
    Joseph Ivy USA 03-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I can has read

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    "Brilliant content. Easy listen."
    If you could sum up Flawless Consulting in three words, what would they be?

    Modular, candid, actionable


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best is that it wasn't so much of a story. There were narrative examples, but Peter really delivered a way of thinking and acting as a consultant in a context that I found very applicable in my role and organization.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part of the book, not really a scene, is the explanation of why and how to express concern or frustration with a manager who is working against the consultation process.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This book is modular so there are clean breaks at the chapters. This is a book where you'll likely want to finish a chapter clean before stopping.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that this is an excellent book for those who have a secondary role as a consultant. This might include information technology, financial, human resources and other professionals. When you have a technical job and know the technical job, learning how to be a strong consultant can position you as a potential manager.

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    JR 05-15-17
    JR 05-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great content made unlistenable."

    I purchased this audiobook 4 years ago. Every few months I try to return to it thinking I can power through it. Unfortunately not. Without trying to be funny: the vocal inflection the narrator uses at the end of every sentence becomes the only thing you can hear.

    Before purchase listen to the sample a couple of times. If it doesn't set your teeth on edge then you may be immune and will benefit from the content.

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    Peter Khouth 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great lessons but flawed execution"

    The writer provides excellent guidance on building relationships and trust between consultants and clients. He doesn't sugar coat the realities of human behavior organizational politics and the use of power. Then provides clear methods on how to simply be authentic when interacting with anybody.

    On the constructive note, the narrator was downright disappointing. His pacing and end of sentence inflections was extremely annoying. It took me a long time to overcome the style for me to focus on what was really good material. I think the audio production company really did the author a disservice for casting this narrator.

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    Thomas G. Hamp 04-29-17 Member Since 2014

    Business coach looking to better myself personally and professionally everyday.

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    "Very difficult to listen to."

    The information in this book is of some help but the narrator will put you to sleep!

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    Eduardo C. 03-12-17
    Eduardo C. 03-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "TORTURE"

    The narrator has a torturating voice ins unbereable, never finished it because of him dont get the audio version

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    Luc Lachance 02-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't let yourself get fooled by negative comments"

    Great book. Deep insights. Very actionable.
    It's true the narrator seems to be running out of air at the end of each sentence but it is well read and very clear.

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    Kaine 02-22-17
    Kaine 02-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Stupidly irritating narrator!"

    Informative material, but do yourself a favor and pick up the book. I'm an avid audible consumer and this guy's style of swallowing the last word of EVERY sentence is rediculous. It's menotinous and impossible to get past.

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