Agile Conversations was a revelatory book for me. This was a book I had to study, not simply read. Through research backed theory and practical examples, the authors managed to produce useful and actionable advice on how to better our communication skills. This book gave me reason to start a study group and practice the art of conversation. Using the practical examples and workshop items available in the book, I am able to keep practicing with my group.
On the corporate level, I can appreciate how these new skills will enable me to be a more effective leader and a more efficient employee. What helped with that, was the book helping me realize that it's not the other party that "doesn't get it" or "doesn't understand me", but it is me doing a poor job explaining my fears, my concerns and my viewpoints. Agile Conversations provides a solid framework on how to ensure there are no misunderstandings or communication failures between the parties involved, which makes all the difference in the success of an enterprise.
This is a book I'll keep getting back into.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 7 minutes|
|Author||Douglas Squirrel, Jeffrey Fredrick|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 May 2020|
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This book made me realize that "conversation" is an attainable skill which I didn't haveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 July 2020
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Collaboration is underpinned by ConversationsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2020
We have all heard that we need to collaborate more. But this means we have to have conversations and these are a minefield of fear and uncertainty. Agile Conversations accepts this and breaks conversations down into five sorts. Whether you agree with their breakdown or not is not the point. They show you have to reflect on a conversation and improve the next one. Not by magic, but by practice and using a combination of the many (MANY) techniques given. Having more useful conversations will lead to collaboration or at least a way to respectfully agree to disagree.
An indispensable book that gives even more value when you practice! It really works!Reviewed in Germany on 11 June 2020
I shifted from a developer role to a manager role. This gave quickly the insight it's all about the people. This book boosted my knowledge, gave new insights and learned new techniques. I was completely enlightened when I started to practice techniques from the book.If you have ever had the feeling of mastering a programming language, mastering conversations/people can give you exact the same feeling even when you only scratch the surface. And just like with programming languages, you're never done as it keeps evolving. Conversation is such a valuable skill that can be used everywhere, even outside work! An amazing and unique book!
Very informativeReviewed in Germany on 18 May 2020
Since I took over the Quality Management work, I was confronted with missing trust, sabotage, and low engagement. This book helps me clearly to improve myself. It is not just superficial pep-talk. Instead, it is a very well organized extraction of decades of experience waiting to be practiced.
Interesante y abstracto, necesitará un segundo estudioReviewed in Spain on 10 August 2020
Ideas potentes pero un tanto abstractas a veces. Prefiero no poner 3 estrellas y poner 4 a la espera de una relectura, ya que creo que la merecerá para aterrizar algunas ideas que no terminan de "encajar"