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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson
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“People who are skilled at dialogue do their best to make it safe for everyone to add their meaning to the shared pool--even ideas that at first glance appear controversial, wrong, or at odds with their own beliefs. Now, obviously they don't agree with every idea; they simply do their best to ensure that all ideas find their way into the open.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“It’s the most talented, not the least talented, who are continually trying to improve their dialogue skills. As is often the case, the rich get richer.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
“The Pool of Shared Meaning is the birthplace of synergy”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“At the core of every successful conversation lies the free flow of relevant information.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Remember, to know and not to do is really not to know.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“As much as others may need to change, or we may want them to change, the only person we can continually inspire, prod, and shape—with any degree of success—is the person in the mirror.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Goals without deadlines aren’t goals; they’re merely directions.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Let’s say that your significant other has been paying less and less attention to you. You realize he or she has a busy job, but you still would like more time together. You drop a few hints about the issue, but your loved one doesn’t handle it well. You decide not to put on added pressure, so you clam up. Of course, since you’re not all that happy with the arrangement, your displeasure now comes out through an occasional sarcastic remark. “Another late night, huh? I’ve got Facebook friends I see more often.” Unfortunately (and here’s where the problem becomes self-defeating), the more you snip and snap, the less your loved one wants to be around you. So your significant other spends even less time with you, you become even more upset, and the spiral continues. Your behavior is now actually creating the very thing you didn’t want in the first place. You’re caught in an unhealthy, self-defeating loop.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“The key to real change lies not in implementing a new process, but in getting people to hold one another accountable to the process.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“The mistake most of us make in our crucial conversations is we believe that we have to choose between telling the truth and keeping a friend.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. —AMBROSE BIERCE”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Second, clarify what you really don't want. This is the key to framing the and question. Think of what you are afraid will happen to you if you back away from your current strategy of trying to win or stay safe. What bad thing will happen if you stop pushing so hard? Or if you don't try to escape? What horrible outcome makes game-playing an attractive and sensible option?”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“I have become more aware of (1) how true emotions can feel during crucial moments, and (2) how false they really are.”
Joseph Grenny, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in baskets of silver.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Nothing fails like success. In other words, when a challenge in life is met by a response that is equal to it, you have success. But when the challenge moves to a higher level, the old, once successful response no longer works—it fails; thus, nothing fails like success.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. —MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Mastering”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. —MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Nothing in this world is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. —WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“You know what? We need to talk about this. I’m glad you asked the question. Thank you for taking that risk. I appreciate the trust it shows in me.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“An apology is a statement that sincerely expresses your sorrow for your role in causing—or at least not preventing—pain or difficulty to others.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“In perhaps the most revealing of all the health-related studies, a group of subjects who had contracted malignant melanoma received traditional treatment and then were divided into two groups. One group met weekly for only six weeks; the other did not. Facilitators taught the first group of recovering patients specific communication skills. (When it's your life that's at stake, could anything be more crucial?)
After meeting only six times and then dispersing for five years, the subjects who learned how to express themselves effectively had a higher survival rate--only 9 percent succumbed as opposed to almost 30 percent in the untrained group.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Don't aim for perfection. Aim for progress. Learn to slow the process down when your adrenaline gets pumping.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Methods include cutting others off, overstating your facts, speaking in absolutes, changing subjects, or using directive questions to control the conversation.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“What do I really want for myself? What do I really want for others? What do I really want for the relationship?”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Storytelling typically happens blindly fast. When we believe we're at risk, we tell ourselves a story so quickly that we don't even know that we're doing it.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“As you practice presenting this question to yourself at emotional times, you’ll discover that at first you resist it. When our brain isn’t functioning well, we resist complexity. We adore the ease of simply choosing between attacking or hiding—and the fact that we think it makes us look good. “I’m sorry, but I just had to destroy the guy’s self-image if I was going to keep my integrity. It wasn’t pretty, but it was the right thing to do.” Fortunately, when you refuse the Fool’s Choice—when you require your brain to solve the more complex problem—more often than not, it does just that. You’ll find there is a way to share your concerns, listen sincerely to those of others, and build the relationship—all at the same time. And the results can be life changing.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“What is this intermediate step? Just after we observe what others do and just before we feel some emotion about it, we tell ourselves a story. We add meaning to the action we observed. We make a guess at the motive driving the behavior. Why were they doing that? We also add judgment—is that good or bad? And then, based on these thoughts or stories, our body responds with an emotion.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Search for the Elusive And The best at dialogue refuse Fool’s Choices by setting up new choices. They present themselves with tougher questions—questions that turn the either/or choice into a search for the all-important and ever-elusive and. (It is an endangered species, you know.) Here’s how this works.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
“Let’s say that your significant other has been paying less and less attention to you. You realize he or she has a busy job, but you still would like more time together. You drop a few hints about the issue, but your loved one doesn’t handle it well.”
Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

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