Authentic Conversations Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment

ISBN-10: 1576755959
ISBN-13: 9781576755952
Edition: 2008
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Description: Authentic Conversations takes a radical new look at the potentially transformational role of workplace conversations. Through over twenty-five years of work as organizational consultants, Maren and James Showkier have discovered that conversation  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Authentic Conversations takes a radical new look at the potentially transformational role of workplace conversations. Through over twenty-five years of work as organizational consultants, Maren and James Showkier have discovered that conversation has the power to create, sustain or change organizational culture. But much of the time the kind of organizational culture these conversations sustain is one that stymies growth and erodes commitment. The problem is an organizational culture based on a kind of parent-child model, with leaders treating employees as children who needed caretaking and protecting The Showkeirs advocate instead authentic conversations that are based on an adult-adult model. In these conversations participants tell the truth, let go of the illusion of control, and view each other as in charge of their own motivation. The result is a conversation revolution that creates greater commitment, real accountability for results, and improved organizational performance.

Dedication to Joel P. Henning
Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The Dangerous Book for Adults
Revolutionary Conversations for Adults
Relationships That Don't Work at Work
The Myth of Holding Others Accountable
You Can't Make All the Fourth Graders Happy
Hostages to Disappointment
Change the Conversation, Change the Culture
Moving from Manipulation to Engagement
Stop Courting the Cynic
Cutting the Ties That Bind
Declaration of Interdependence
Open Season-Remove the Camouflage!
Conclusion: Starting the Revolution
A Practical Guide to Authentic Conversations
Suggestions for Getting Started
Facing a Difficult Issue
Seeking an Exception
Proposing Change
Introducing a Mandate
Renegotiating an Established Relationship
Initiating Endings
Dealing with Individual Performance
Creating Your Own Authentic Conversations
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
About the Authors
About henning-showkeir & associates, inc.

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