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Book Review - Fierce Conversations

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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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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More leadership book reviews by Steve Gladis can be found at http://www.survivalleadership.blogspot.com/

About the Author
Distinguished executive coach, author, and speaker, Steve Gladis is a leadership expert. CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners—a leadership development company—he is the author of 21 books on leadership and a professor at George Mason University in the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence. His company works with businesses, associations, and U.S. government agencies, and he speaks regularly at conferences and corporate gatherings. A former faculty member at the University of Virginia, Gladis also served as an FBI special agent and was a decorated officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. His company donates a significant portion of corporate profits back to the community. His most recent books are Smile. Breathe. Listen: The 3 Mindful Acts for Leaders and Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work. Twitter: @SteveGladis Leadership Blog: Survival Leadership
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