Hostage at the Table

  • by George Kohlrieser
  • Narrated by George Kohlrieser
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George Kohlrieser - an international leadership professor, consultant, and veteran hostage negotiator - explains that it is only by openly facing conflict that we can truly progress through the most difficult business challenges. In this provocative book, he reveals how the proven techniques and psychological insights used in hostage negotiation can be applied successfully to any personal or business relationship. Step by step, he outlines the seven key factors that anyone can use to remove the blocks that stand in the way of resolving tough problems and shows how business leaders in particular can develop and access the skills they need to create trust and a positive mind-set in their companies.


What the Critics Say

"George Kohlrieser's brilliant book offers a unique and penetrating perspective on how people can free themselves from being held hostage to their self-imposed limitations. Hostage at the Table is filled with inspiring stories and the depth of Kohlrieser's insights that will enable the reader to become a fully empowered leader. It is a must-read." (Bill George, author, Authentic Leadership; former chairman and CEO, Medtronic)


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Goes well beyond hostage negotiation as we know it

As compared with "Never Split the Difference" this one resonated even more. "Never Split the Difference" is hardcore hostage negotiation with terrorists and stone cold killers. "Hostage at the Table" is about getting along with others even when somebody goes postal.

The author goes well beyond hostage negotiation as we generally know it. He was a police psychologist. This is about being held hostage on any level, for the most part psychologically. This is real life for anybody any day.

Say you're in a relationship of any sort, could be a boss for example. An impasse is bound to occur and it feels bad because we feel helpless, right? Maybe we ignore the problem. Path of least resistance is to gloss over it. Sometimes that doesn't work and the pressure gets worse and worse - the author calls it fish under the table.

This is what George Kohlrieser talks about. Here and there he slips in his police experiences to help make the point stick. And the amazing thing is each of us has the same basic experience.

Kohlrieser doesn't give any shortcut. He gives an outline of the direct path. Not easy for sure. He was taken hostage himself four times, he says. I think we need to go with the Kohlrieser direct path for the types of problems he identifies. It's obvious to me that it's one thing to get what he's saying and another thing to actually do it.

I would definitely listen to another audiobook by this author, and would appreciate it if he narrates again. He has another book out, but at the time of this review it's not in audio format.

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- A dad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2016
  • Publisher: Spoken Word Inc.