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Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places

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How to successfully navigate and prevent conflict From the publishers of the popular Strength Deployment Inventory, Have a Nice Conflict follows one man's fight to rescue his sinking career. Sales manager John Doyle would consider his career a success--he's his company's top revenue driver, and his take-charge attitude gets the job done. However, when he is passed over for ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: leadership
This book was recommended by a participant at the Amer Assoc of Colleges of Pharmacy conference. I was interested in it as a possible book for students, knowing it was a fable and knowing that conflict was something that many were interested in learning more about. The book refers to the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI) and I wanted to see the similarities to the strengthsfinder work from Gallup. [There aren't many other than the concept of "overdone" strengths (Have a Nice Conflict) or barr ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places by Tim Scudder, Michael Patterson, Kent Mitchell

“Have a Nice Conflict” is the disappointing book that uses a fictitious story to illustrate the Relationship Awareness Theory. The theory was founded by Elias H. Porter, Ph.D. (1914 – 1987) an influential psychologist who also developed the Strength Development Theory (SDI) along with other tools. I’m disappointed with the authors’ decision to base this book sol
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Helpful for working through conflict both personally and professionally.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great for situations where you suspect your personality type is underrepresented at work
I read this after our office attended an workshop in the SDI Inventory. I'm not sure that the book would make quite as much sense if you didn't have background knowledge of this tool.

The story itself is, as the subtitle says, a fable. And sort of a modern-day fable for office workers. It's a bit forced at times, and I found it a bit hard to get through some of the 'denser' sections that are all about explaining the SDI and conflict mechanisms (even though the authors do their best to weave this
Marko Petkovic
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Conflict is part of our daily lives but we tend to think of it as a scary beast. It doesn't have to be that way. This book does a wonderful job at making the reader aware of different conflict resolution patterns that people employ, how to recognize them and how to deal with them. I believe readers that are not familiar with the SDI theory will appreciate the way the book was written because the authors Tim Scudder, Michael Patterson, and Kent Mitchell have created almost a fable. A fable that l ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very informative book. I took a class for work entitled "Have A Nice Conflict" and this book was given to us as a good read.

To me this book held plenty of relatable information and the format was much appreciated as it wasn't coming from the perspective of a textbook. It was almost like a real-world example was given and you followed the main character throughout the story. There's even a little notebook of main points towards the end which will be extremely helpful.

I also took the SD
Mitchell Bouley
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first management book in which I directly felt my approach to conflict was shifting. I never had an experience like this before. It only took me three days to read this book, and it would not be the last time! It is writing in an incredibly approachable matter, and I never had the feeling that the language and tone were too bland. Furthermore, the theory is based on the SDI model, but it is not necessary to follow tis problem; however, I am definitely thinking of using one in the fut ...more
Cat Woods
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for it's simplicity and scope. Have A Nice Conflict is a peek into human behavior in a very easy to understand way. It hits upon the motives behind our actions and how acting outside our typical behavior patterns can cause conflict within ourselves or with other people.

Only after we learn to identify our motivations and triggers, can we effectively manage the conflict in our lives.

Fun, quick read. If everyone had a grasp on what makes us tick and what our conflict
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Required reading for work. The book alone was not something I would intentionally read. I found the way the book was written extremely cheesy. Reading or in my case skimming the book prior to training was useful but it all came together in training. I'm not sure if I would recommend the book alone but in conjunction with the seminar it was extremely useful. I recommend the seminars because the use of the profiles we extremely helpful in understanding yourself and others. It also makes you think ...more
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