The Flawless Consulting Fieldbook and Companion: A Guide to Understanding Your Expertise / Edition 1

The Flawless Consulting Fieldbook and Companion: A Guide to Understanding Your Expertise / Edition 1

by Peter Block, Andrea Markowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787948047

ISBN-13: 9780787948047

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Wiley

A friend indeed!In this time of free agency, outsourcing, and cross-functional work teams, consulting has become a part of everyone's job. Plus, we live in an era in which we are forced to hire professionals to provide the help we used to seek from friends. Some of this need for instant expertise is for reassurance; some is just that we do not have time to learn it

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A friend indeed!In this time of free agency, outsourcing, and cross-functional work teams, consulting has become a part of everyone's job. Plus, we live in an era in which we are forced to hire professionals to provide the help we used to seek from friends. Some of this need for instant expertise is for reassurance; some is just that we do not have time to learn it ourselves. So, despite all the ambivalence surrounding consulting, it has grown into big business and generally infiltrated our lives.The intent of this book is:

  • To support the integrity of your expertise
  • To change your mind about how you interpret your own consulting experience
  • To broaden your way of thinking
  • To bring a manageable dose of therapy and art, philosophy and literature into you thoughts about consulting, and
  • To so it in a comforting and simple way
Enjoy this book, let it accompany you into the field, and use it as encouragement for writing your own story, which may the point of it all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787948047
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
989,607
Product dimensions:
7.99(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.32(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Exhibits vi

Welcome xi

Quick Guide to Contents xxi

1 No Fast and Easy Way 1

1 Flawless by M. J. Wheatley 5

2 A Sensible Oxymoron Andrea Markowitz 7

3 Risk Is Where You Find It Peter Block 13

4 The Journey Idries Shah 21

5 Consultant, Flawed: A Story of Eternal Internal Triangles Ken Murphy 23

6 The Power of Conversations at Work Joel Henning 43

2 The Complexity of Advice 65

7 What Should I Do? Peter Block 69

8 Four Communities Idries Shah 75

9 Changing Focus: Consulting in the New Economy Patrick Dolan 77

10 Be Careful Who You Ask: Perils of Wisdom Andrea Markowitz 81

11 Dealing with Resistance: Having the Right Conversation in Difficult Situations Phil Grosnick 89

12 The Case of Pricilla and the Red Pen Andrea Markowitz 97

3 The Power of the Question 117

13 Making the System Fully Known to Itself: Discovery As a Collaborative Process Jill Janov 125

14 Two Sides Idries Shah 135

15 Resolving a New Paradox with Old Wisdom Marvin Weisbord 137

16 Change Is in the Details Peter Block 149

17 Talk Is Walk: Language and Courage in Action Peter Koestenbaum 153

18 So, What's Working Here? A Conversation with Elizabeth McGrath 167

4 Emotions and the Personal 175

19 Balancing Competence with Consciousness: One Woman's Wisdom Rosemarie Barbeau 179

20 Nobody's Fool: Unconventional Guides for the Emotional Path Andrea Markowitz 187

21 In the Land of Fools Idries Shah 199

22 Up Front and Personal A Conversation with Charlotte Roberts 201

23 Women's Leadership Collaborative: Investing in Our Humanity Nancy Voss 209

24 Sneaking the Spirit In A Conversation with John Schuster 229

5 Valuing Capacities 237

25 Leading from Behind: Talking with Sled Dogs Sam Magill 241

26 Homeopathic Consulting: Learning Is Free, Teaching Is Not Cliff Bolster 249

27 Milk and Buttermilk Idries Shah 265

28 Consulting As Capability Building Lou Ann Daly 267

29 Getting Real John O'Connell 273

6 Integrating Strategy and Experience 287

30 The Engagement Paradigm: Changing the Way We Change Organizations Dick and Emily Axelrod 291

31 Caring about Place Peter Block 307

32 Unleashing the Spirit Kathie Dannemiller, Sylvia James, and Paul Tolchinsky 315

33 Nancy's Checklist Nancy Sanchez 329

34 Anonymous Data Collection? Definitely Yes and No Neale Clapp 331

35 Toward a More Participative, Productive Workplace Marie McCormick 339

36 Co-Creating a Community's Future: Once upon a Time in a Place Called Home David and Carole Schwinn 355

37 How Am I Doing? How Am I Doing? You Like Me! You Really Like Me! Peter Block 365

7 No Masks No Bargains 375

38 My Worst Consulting Nightmare Amy J. Katz 383

39 Three Nightmares A Conversation with Henry Johnson 389

40 Twelve Questions to the Most Frequently Asked Answers by Peter Block 393

Postscript 405

Thanks to Contributors 407

About the Author 427

Index 429

Flawless Consulting Workshops 441

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