Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation

Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation

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by Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Christopher T. Noblet
     
 

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A stimulating, thought-provoking book that lets you know how to break free of negative behavior, take control of office politics, and prevent difficult, repetitive, and avoidable situations. Reardon—a frequent HuffingtonPost contributor and professor at the Marshall School of Business—arms readers with the tools they need to take control of

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A stimulating, thought-provoking book that lets you know how to break free of negative behavior, take control of office politics, and prevent difficult, repetitive, and avoidable situations. Reardon—a frequent HuffingtonPost contributor and professor at the Marshall School of Business—arms readers with the tools they need to take control of conversations in the workplace. Comebacks at Work combines the best qualities of Deborah Tannen's Talking from 9 to 5, Kerry Patterson's Crucial Conversations, and Douglas Stone's Difficult Conversations, a perfect workplace guide to getting what you deserve.

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Publishers Weekly
A handbook for anyone who’s ever walked away from a work confrontation, fuming--only to think of the perfect rejoinder an hour later. Reardon (The Secret Handshake) breaks down the “art of the comeback,” emphasizing preparation, keeping your cool, and handling conflicts with a carefully thought-out strategy, pointing out that each of us is at least 75% responsible for how people respond to us. She helps readers change their mindsets, getting past the mental models learned early in life that we later use for dealing with emotional or threatening issues at work. Through a thorough briefing of the different kinds of bullies we might face at work--the puppeteer, the complainer, etc.--and strategies for telling when it’s best to walk away and when it’s time to engage, she guides readers to self-discovery and skills, from honing their gut instincts to mastering facial expressions and gestures needed to overcome “comeback brain freeze.” A lively, encouraging book, bound to banish l’esprit d’escalier forever. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062083685
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
356,505
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Ph.D, is a professor of management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California; a consultant and speaker at such major corporations as Pfizer, Siemens, Epson, IBM, News Corporation, and Toyota; and one of HuffingtonPost.com's signature and top bloggers, whose writing is frequently picked up and featured on Yahoo. She has appeared on Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson and Nancy Snyderman, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and Bloomberg. She is the author of nine books, including The Secret Handshake, It's All Politics, and The Skilled Negotiator. Dr. Reardon is also a distinguished fellow of First Star, which advocates for the rights and education of children at risk. She lives in Rhode Island.


Christopher T. Noblet is a freelance writer and editor with a background in speech writing and public affairs. He has an M.A. from the University of Connecticut and an international M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He writes for Audiophile Voice magazine and also lives in Rhode Island.

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Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it good for saying it to someone
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Find the words you have been dying to say when people challenge you and receive the respect you deserve. Kathleen Kelley Reardon (writing with Christopher T. Noblet) offers insightful tips and tools that can help you respond more effectively - and without hesitation - to snide comments from insulting, bossy or troublesome co-workers. If you don't feel ready to fight with office bullies, don't worry. Reardon also provides a variety of less confrontational ways to deal with them. You may find a few of her ripostes a bit unrealistic or harsh - though often she suggests a tough answer only in response to someone else's provocative meanness. Overall, most of her examples are useful, helpful and effective in fighting that sinking feeling of not know what to say - until hours later. getAbstract recommends her behavioral insights, real-life anecdotes and snappy comebacks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago