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Authentic Conversations by James Showkeir
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Sep 08, 2008 | ISBN 9781576755952

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“After thirty-five years working in newspapers and nine more as a ‘school readiness’ advocate, I wished I had read this book decades ago. It would have helped so much. Its basic theme of honest, respectful conversations is the answer to so much in business and in life.”
—David Lawrence Jr., President, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, and retired publisher, The Miami Herald

“The Showkeirs have written a book that gives us the tools for conversations that can help us create a shared purpose and the future we hope for. This authentic approach is essential not only for business results but for any conversation that is important to you.”
—Nancy Light, Senior Associate Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter

“This book is for everyone, from the CEO to the everyday employee, who is serious about working in an organization in which every person has a deep personal commitment to the success of the business. The concepts and practical steps outlined in this book are easy to under- stand and are a genuine source of sustainable competitive advantage. This book offers us hope.”
—Jim Burke, Regional Director of Human Resources, Asia Pacific, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

“If you believe that conversations change the world and if you have a passion for organizations that work, you will want this book. This book has the combination of relevance, inspiration, and actionable steps that I seek in books.”
—John Schuster, Principal, Schuster Kane Alliance, and author of The Power of Open-Book Management and Answering Your Call

“This book is about sharing the truth with each other in ways that build effective relationships and improve business results. It is not a fairy tale but an honest, hard-hitting book. And it’s not just for lead- ers or managers—it is for everyone in your organization. If you want to compete successfully in the world marketplace, you need Authentic Conversations.”
—Dr. Kent M. Keith, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant– Leadership, and author of Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments

“I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a book on corporate cultures and leadership. Authentic Conversations gets to the heart of what is really going on in organizations, presents persuasive business reasons for change, and puts forth a proven strategy to get on with unleashing the organization’s buried and dormant core potential. It left me wanting more.”
—Patrick J. Banks, PhD, President, Banks International, LLC

“The Showkeirs’ take on using conversations for cultural transformation is refreshing and eminently logical. They challenge much of the conventional wisdom about managing people. This book teaches us how to intrinsically inspire individuals to choose to succeed.”
—Bob Gremillion, Executive Vice President, Tribune Publishing Company

“The Showkeirs’ new book envisions organizations where employees treat each other as business partners, colleagues, and trusted advisors, allowing the wisdom of the organization to emerge. For leaders ready to share power in order to build an organization that is stronger, more responsive, more flexible, and more focused on serving customers, this book is a field manual for changing cultures. It is a must read.”
—Melvin D. Dowdy, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Organizational Excellence, Bon Secours Richmond Health System

“Authentic Conversations is one of the most important books I’ve read in years. It makes a compelling case for the great benefits—both for people and for organizations—that can come from engaging in true conversation.”
—Larry C. Spears, President and CEO, The Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, Inc.

“Authentic Conversations gives us a chance to renew and revive a lost art and essential foundational element so our society can be viable. Additionally, this book gives us models for how to have conversations for those who have never been exposed to an authentic conversation.”
—Corwin Harper, Senior Vice President/Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Table Of Contents

FOREWORD by Margaret J. Wheatley
INTRODUCTION – The Dangerous Book for Adults
CHAPTER 1 – Revolutionary Conversations for Results
CHAPTER 2 – Relationships That Don’t Work at Work
CHAPTER 3 – The Myth of Holding Others Accountable
CHAPTER 4 – You Can’t Make All the 4th Graders Happy
CHAPTER 5 – Hostages to Disappointment
CHAPTER 6 – Change the Conversation, Change the Culture
CHAPTER 7 – Moving from Manipulation to Engagement
CHAPTER 8 – Stop Courting the Cynic
CHAPTER 9 – Cutting the Ties That Bind
CHAPTER 10 – Declaration of Interdependence
CHAPTER 11 – Open Season – Remove the Camouflage!
CONCLUSION – Starting the Revolution
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
A Radical Performance-Appraisal Approach
Creating Your Own Authentic Conversations
ABOUT henning-Showkeir & associates, inc.

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