Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities

Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities

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by Adam Kahane
     
 

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Adam Kahane has worked on some of the toughest problems in the world-in organizations and in societies-from South Africa during its transition away from apartheid, to Colombia during the civil war, Argentina during the collapse, Guatemala after the genocide, Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and the Basque Country. Through these experiences, he has learned

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Adam Kahane has worked on some of the toughest problems in the world-in organizations and in societies-from South Africa during its transition away from apartheid, to Colombia during the civil war, Argentina during the collapse, Guatemala after the genocide, Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and the Basque Country. Through these experiences, he has learned how to create environments that enable creative new ideas and solutions to emerge and be implemented even in the most challenging contexts. Here Kahane tells his stories and distills from them an approach that all of us can use to solve our own toughest problems.

About the Author:
Adam Kahane is a founding partner of Reos Partners and of Generon Consulting

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605098975
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
149
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Debra Dunn
"This book is rich with insights and inspiring examples that are very relevant to the global challenges we face today. In a dynamic and complex world in which escalating violence is fueled by clashing ideologies, we would all be well advised to give up dictating and knowing and take up listening and learning."--(Debra Dunn, Senior Vice President, Hewlett-Packard Company)
Elena Martinez
"This book should be read by everyone who is concerned with the quality of decision-making in our democracies."--(Elena Martinez, Assistant Secretary General, United Nations)
Arie de Geus
"Adam Kahane's book makes a strong case, woven together from fascinating inside stories about the really tough problems in the world, that success or failure depends on their leaders learning or not learning to listen. The book is recommended reading for all decision takers who find themselves dealing with tough problems."--(Arie de Geus, former Group Planning Coordinator, Royal Dutch/Shell, and author of The Living Company)
William Ury
"Solving Tough Problems offers a new approach to addressing peacefully our most complex and conflictual challenges-at home, at work, and in the larger world. Kahane reflects candidly and insightfully on his rich experience working with corporations, governments, and civil society organizations around the world. A fresh and valuable contribution from a pioneering practitioner."--(William Ury, Associate Director, Program on Negotiation, Harvard University, and co-author Getting to Yes and The Third Side)
Nelson Mandela
"This breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve the problems we have created."

Meet the Author

PETER M. SENGE is the founding chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning and a senior lecturer at MIT. He is the co-author of "The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, The Dance of Change," and "Schools That Learn "(part of the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series)" "and has lectured extensively throughout the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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