Crucial Confrontations

  • by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
  • Narrated by Barrett Whitener
  • 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Discover skills to resolve touchy, controversial, and complex issues at work and at home, now available in this follow-up to the internationally popular Crucial Conversations.
Behind the problems that routinely plague organizations and families, you'll find individuals who are either unwilling or unable to deal with failed promises. Others have broken rules, missed deadlines, failed to live up to commitments, or just plain behaved badly, and nobody steps up to the issue. Or they do, but do a lousy job and create a whole new set of problems. Accountability suffers and new problems spring up. New research demonstrates that these disappointments aren't just irritating, they're costly, sapping organizational performance by 20 to 50 percent and accounting for up to 90 percent of divorces.
Crucial Confrontations teaches skills drawn from 10,000 hours of real-life observations to increase confidence in facing issues like:

An employee speaks to you in an insulting tone that crosses the line between sarcasm and insubordination. Now what?
Your boss just committed you to a deadline you know you can't meet, and not-so-subtly hinted he doesn't want to hear complaints about it.
Your son walks through the door sporting colorful new body art that raises your blood pressure by 40 points. Speak now, pay later.
An accountant wonders how to step up to a client who is violating the law. Can you spell unemployment?
Family members fret over how to tell granddad that he should no longer drive his car. This is going to get ugly.
A nurse worries about what to say to an abusive physician. She quickly remembers "how things work around here" and decides not to say anything.


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One of the best books I have read or listened to!

This is an excellent book for enhancing relationships at work and at home. It’s too bad it’s not taught in high school! The listening experience is tremendously enhanced if you also read the book as there are a few key concepts that have been edited in this audio version. This book is absolutely one of the best I have read or listened to! I highly recommend it.
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- dancinshoes


I wanted to read this book, but felt a little self-conscious doing so. Listening to the book was great. I would pause from time to time to reflect on the examples and strategies. I have begun to use several of the strategies - successfully! I will listen to several sections of this book again and again, as I continue to implement some of the techniques. Much more useful for actually making changes in how to approach others than it's predecessor, Crucial Conversations - a book that highlighted the need to consider a different approach to important discussions. Crucial Confrontations is contains very practical strategies to improving professional and personal communications. Bravo!
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- Judith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2006
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education