Edwin H. Friedman



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A Failure of Nerve: Leaders...

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Generation to Generation: F...

4.22 avg rating — 629 ratings — published 1985 — 7 editions
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Friedman's Fables (with Boo...

4.26 avg rating — 391 ratings — published 1990 — 7 editions
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The Myth of the Shiksa and ...

3.97 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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What Are You Going to Do wi...

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Reinventing Leadership

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Friedman's Fables:  Discuss...

3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1990
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“The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.”
Edwin H. Friedman

“It has been my impression that at any gathering, whether it be public or private, those who are quickest to inject words like sensitivity, empathy, consensus, trust, confidentiality, and togetherness into their arguments have perverted these humanitarian words into power tools to get others to adapt to them.”
Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

“A major criterion for judging the anxiety level of any society is the loss of its capacity to be playful.”
Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix



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