Book Review: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High
Book 21 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High (by:Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler)
This book has become a yearly read for me. I’m learning that crucial conversations are all around us. Unfortunately we don’t realize it until it’s past. This book helps you become more aware of the conversation and how it can become life-giving or at least not toxic as well as giving you the
From their website:
Introducing the New York Times business bestseller that’s transformed organizations and changed the way millions of people communicate. With more than 2 million copies sold, this book—now in its second edition—gives yo
tools to not feel so intimidated.
u the tools to prepare for high-stakes conversations, transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, and make it safe to talk about almost anything.
Get unstuck with best practice skills for high-stakes interactions.
The authors of Crucial Conversations didn’t set out to write a book on communication; rather, they
began by researching the behaviors of top performers. They found that most of the time, top influencers were indistinguishable from their peers. But as soon as the stakes grew high, emotions ran strong, and opinions differed, top performers were significantly more effective. What the authors observed during this study and captured in this runaway bestseller is a distinct and learnable set of skills that produce immediate results.
More than 2 million people and 300 of the Fortune 500 have used the skills in Crucial Conversations to successfully navigate life’s most challenging conversations.
Now it’s your turn. Learn the simple, yet powerful, skills in this book and realize significant improvements to both your relationships the results that matter most.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: While this book can technically be for everyone, it isn’t a casual read. I wouldn’t try to ingest this like a James Patterson ‘eye-candy’ quick read. It’s best to be taken a chapter at a time. Mostly you’ll be stopping anyway to process and take notes.