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Publisher's Summary

In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.
You'll gain effective techniques for handling conflicts in your workplace, other organizational settings, or your personal life, whether you're dealing with supervisors, coworkers, acquaintances, close friends, or family members. You'll learn the best ways to analyze conflicts and work through the steps toward resolving them, including clarifying goals, handling difficult emotions, and negotiating agreements. And you'll grasp the fundamental tricks of the trade that experienced negotiators have long used to deal with even the most seemingly intractable moral and cultural conflicts.
While drawing on the latest groundbreaking research, Professor Dues has designed these lectures to be as practical as possible. Requiring no background in conflict management, negotiation, or psychology, they offer you not just knowledge, but strategies and tactics you can put to work in your own life right now. Best of all, you'll be able to see those strategies and tactics in action through 70 professionally acted dramatizations that illustrate different conflict situations at home and in the workplace.
You don't have a choice about becoming involved in conflict. You do, however, have a choice about learning to manage it successfully by using the invaluable tools these lectures can give you.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 12-06-15

Surprisingly Good

This was my "backup book" for a long time. That's what I keep on my player for the times when I need a break from the story I'm *really* listening to, or when I get caught away from the computer with nothing else on hand.

The first few hours are very basic information. Nothing new, and a little boring. Still worth listening to just to refresh yourself. Since I usually reversed 30 minutes or so every time I listened, I didn't get very far into the series.

Then I hit Lecture 7. Things started to get very, very interesting. This is where it goes beyond the usual business book advice. It gets practical. And enlightening. And gut-punching. There are points where I think, "I do that! Why do I do that? When did I start doing that? How can I stop?"

The illustrations (audio clips) are contrived and overacted and cheesy. The format (introduction of each lecture and applause at the end) gets tedious. But a little fast-forward solves that problem.

I think this will stay my backup book for a long time to come.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brendan on 09-21-13

Excellent Frameworks

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The lecturer is an excellent narrator and sounds very empathetic and understanding. He breaks down the topic into very logical lectures, each focused around very useable frameworks. He frequently references outside studies, but doesn't get bogged down in the details, making it relate to the issue at hand. There are some dramatic enactments of examples which are sometimes cheesy, but overall add to the course. This audiobook is good from start to finish (arguably getting better as it goes), rather than many books, where it's one good idea re-hashed 50 times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 05-20-14

Clear, comprehensive and practical

This is a topic I work with quite a lot and I was looking for something that got its arms around the subject as a whole. Prof Dues delivers a very clear and helpful overview of the subject with practical tips about how to put the lessons to work, examples from his own work which bring the theories to life and short dramatic illustrations of concepts to life. Despite its length my attention never flagged because his delivery is excellent and there are so many useful theories and tactics on offer throughout. My personal highlight is the section dealing with the interplay of goals relating to topic, relationship, identity and process which form a major part of all conflicts but there are plenty more. I was primarily interested in this from a work perspective but the lectures also deal with personal relationships and raising kids to be effective at conflict management in their own lives.

Very highly recommended

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5 out of 5 stars
By E Mwangi on 04-02-16

Fantastic book

Everyone should read this book, especially if you are in management or leadership. I have learnt so much that will benefit both my personal life & work life. I have already recommended this book to my husband, three colleagues, a friend and I will continue to recommend it. Thank you Michael for writing such a wonderful book it has changed my life.

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By Lori on 12-02-15

Great Lecturer, Easy Listen

This is the first time I have tried an educational book. I chose this one purely to help with life skills and communication with my work mates. I was surprised at how easy this was to listen to, the lecturer really held my attention throughout. Each lecture has an acted dramatization, and the characters progressed as the key points in the lectures where applied to their conflict. This made it easy to hold my attention, as (like any good book) I wanted to know how the stories ended. I will definitely listen to this again, and can already think of situations in my own life where I can apply this information. Also, this book comes with a 100+ page PDF file with lecture notes. Happy listener :)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Robert Nicholson on 01-31-18

Needs more examples

Was very general in most sections. The examples provided were good but in low quantity so it was a bit difficult to know how to apply the some strategies.

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