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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-structured and easy-to-read manual for understanding and dealing with confrontations, 21 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Crucial Confrontations: Tools for talking about broken promises, violated expectations, and bad behavior (Paperback)
First of all, when I say 'Manual', it is not the 5 easy steps to deal with all difficult discussions (either fights or people withdrawing from constructive dialogue). The topic is too broad and too complex to cover this. But the book is a 'how to' book as it provides plenty of concepts to frame discussions and also practical examples to use and experiment with yourself. For me as a consultant in - at that moment - a merger process between two companies, the concepts of mutual respect and mutual trust were very enlightening in understanding the different behavior the participants from both companies were displaying. I better understood and thus could better act upon this. Better, but definitely not perfect. Therefore, you need to practice the concepts of the book many times.

This book has made me better aware of what is at stake and what needs to be done to address the key issues within difficult discussions. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to take a step back and resolve difficult issues with other people in a constructive way but doesn't know how. Useful in a professional and a personal context.
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