Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues
New York : Currency, 
Edition: First edition.
Description: viii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A transformative guide to building more fulfilling relationships with colleagues, friends, partners, and family, based on the perennially popular Interpersonal Dynamics ("Touchy Feely") course at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. The ability to create strong relationships with others is crucial to living a fulfilled life and becoming a more effective manager and leader. Yet many of us find ourselves struggling to build solid connections at work, with friends and at home, or unable to handle challenges that inevitably arise when we grow closer to others. When we find ourselves in an exceptional relationship--the kind of relationship where we feel fully understood and supported for who we are--it can seem like magic. But the truth is that the process of building and sustaining these relationships can be described, learned, and applied. David Bradford and Carole Robin taught interpersonal skills to MBA candidates for a combined seventy-five years in their blockbuster Stanford Graduate School of Business course Interpersonal Dynamics (known to generations of students as "Touchy Feely") and have coached and consulted to hundreds of executives for decades. In Connect, they show readers how to take their relationships from shallow to exceptional, along the way offering time-tested strategies for giving feedback, negotiating boundaries, and navigating disagreements. Through stories of people navigating tricky moments in relationships--all based on real dynamics Bradford and Robin have witnessed or experienced--we see the six hallmarks of an exceptional relationship in action: authenticity, vulnerability, honesty, a willingness to ask for and offer help, a shared commitment to growth, and an ability to deal productively with conflict. Filled with relatable scenarios and research-backed insights, Connect will be an important resource for anyone hoping to improve existing relationships and build new ones at any stage of life"-- Provided by publisher.
Robin, Carole, author.
Robin, Carole, author.
Contents: Seeking exceptional -- A world-class course, one chapter at a time -- Getting to the meadow. To share or not to share ; Helping others be known ; Influence in balance ; Pinches and crunches ; Why feedback is the breakfast of champions ; Challenges in using feedback effectively ; Can people really change? ; Own your emotions, or they will own you ; Breaking the logjam ; Using conflict productively -- Tackling the summit. Resolving contentious issues ; Boundaries and expectations ; Entangled issues ; When exceptional isn't in the cards ; An exceptional relationship gone awry-- and back again -- Epilogue.