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Book Review - Fierce Conversations

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It’s often difficult to have tough conversations with people, especially those we care deeply about. Susan Scott wrote Fierce Conversations, (The Penguin Group, 2002) about how to do just that—have a difficult or fierce conversation.  Scott maintains that “the conversation is the relationship.”  And, throughout the book, she makes this point—fiercely.  Unfortunately, most of us have very surface-like conversations in our lives and never get down to the stuff that matters with the people who matter to us. Fierce Conversations teaches people how to have conversations they need to have, but don’t necessarily want to have. In the end, every conversation changes the relationship either for better or worse. And as tough as fierce conversations are to have, they build the relationship by surfacing important issues—the earlier the better.

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About the Author

A leadership speaker and executive coach, Steve Gladis, PhD, is an authority on the topic of leadership. CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners—a leadership development company—he is also the author of 25 books on leadership. A professor at George Mason University, he serves as a senior scholar in its Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Gladis works with businesses, associations, and US government agencies, and he speaks regularly at conferences and corporate off-sites. He is a former faculty member at the University of Virginia and also served as an FBI special agent and was a decorated officer in the US Marine Corps. His company donates a significant portion of corporate profits back to the community.
Some of his books include Leading Teams: Understanding the Team Leadership Pyramid; Leading Well: Becoming a Mindful Leader-Coach; The Trusted Leader: Understanding the Trust Triangle; Smile. Breathe. Listen: The 3 Mindful Acts for Leaders; Self-Leadership: Become the CEO of your Own Career; Solving the Innovation Mystery; and Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work.

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