David Fraser's book is refreshing in many ways. It is a very readable and well laid out approach to understanding the methodologies involved in communicating with others and enhancing the quality of our relationships. More than that though it moves into areas which many writers tend to shirk from, especially those whose work involves dealing with business leaders, professionals and organisations generally. The last chapters, titled Balance, and Love, together with the subtitle "Finding inner peace" of the third from last chapter move into deep and very personal territories and do so in a compelling way.
The quality of our relationships, at work, at home, and the inner relationship with oneself are fundamental to achieving and maintaining a sense of belonging and fulfilment in most people's lives. Yet, as with so many important aspects of human existence how to achieve and maintain good relationships is neither taught much or well, if at all, in our education establishments, nor is it something we are born with. In fact the reverse is true. Some of our most basic instincts in life, and the most powerful ones, are concerned with self-survival, competition, egotism and status. These self-centred paradigms are the opposite of what David offers in his book.
It would be useful to be born with the contents of Relationship Mastery in our minds. Given that we can't have that the next best thing is to get a copy and start to apply the lessons in this important book.