Words That Work In Business: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication in the Workplace

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Do you wish for more respectful work relationships? To move beyond gossip arid power struggles to improved trust and productivity? If you've ever wished you could positively affect work relationships and company culture regardless or your position, Words That Work In Business offers a resounding "yes." The key is a simple yet profound shift in how you think and talk.

Former attorney-turned-mediator, Ike Lasater, offers practical tools matched with recognizable work scenarios to ...

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Overview

Do you wish for more respectful work relationships? To move beyond gossip arid power struggles to improved trust and productivity? If you've ever wished you could positively affect work relationships and company culture regardless or your position, Words That Work In Business offers a resounding "yes." The key is a simple yet profound shift in how you think and talk.

Former attorney-turned-mediator, Ike Lasater, offers practical tools matched with recognizable work scenarios to help anyone address the most common workplace relationship issues. Learn proven communication skills to:

Enjoy your workday more

Effectively handle difficult conversations

Reduce workplace conflict and stress

Improve individual and team productivity

Be more effective in meetings

Give and receive meaningful feedback

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892005014
  • Publisher: Puddledancer Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Nonviolent Communication Guides
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 322,617
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ike Lasater is a cofounder of Words That Work, a consulting and training firm that helps organizations achieve results through better communication and collaboration, and a cofounder of Yoga Journal magazine. He is a former board member for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and for the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California. He lives in San Francisco. Julie Stiles completed a Master's degree in Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University. She has a background in education and technology, and currently works as a writer helping professionals articulate and shape their ideas for publication. She also has completed a manuscript on the process of transformation of consciousness. Julie has studied Nonviolent Communication through JFKU as well as with Marshall Rosenberg, Ike Lasater, and John Kinyon.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

A Few Notes Before We Begin 5

Reminders 7

Chapter 1 How to Begin: Silent NVC Practices 11

Becoming Aware of Blocking Connection 12

Using Self-Empathy-Recognizing Your Triggers 14

Using Silent Empathy-Understanding Your Co-workers 18

Chapter 2 The Learning Cycle: Celebrating Progress, Mourning Mistakes 23

Celebrating and Mourning in NVC 24

Putting the Learning Cycle Into Daily Practice 28

Chapter 3 Practice: Building Confidence and Competence 33

Practicing Silent Skills 33

Practicing Out Loud Skills 34

Making Agreements to Practice NVC 36

Taking the Time You Need 46

Chapter 4 Powerful Requests: Asking for What You Want 49

Recognizing Typical Patterns in Unclear Requests 49

Getting Clear on Making Clear Requests 50

Helping Others Formulate Clear Requests 63

Chapter 5 Suggestions for Addressing Common Workplace Communication Challenges 65

Recognizing Enemy Images 65

Handling Difficult Conversations 72

Addressing Humor in the Workplace 75

Challenging Prejudice in the Workplace 80

Contributing to Effective Meetings 84

Navigating Power Differentials 88

Responding When Colleagues Complain 89

Giving Feedback and Evaluations 93

Sharing Common Work Areas 99

Mediating Broken Agreements 101

Answering Email 104

Transforming the End of Employment 106

Conclusion 111

Appendices

A Training Wheels Sentence 115

B Feelings List 117

C Feelings Versus Evaluations Masquerading as Feelings 121

D Needs List 126

Index 127

The Four-Part Nonviolent Communication Process 132

Some Basic Feelings and Needs We All Have 133

About Nonviolent Communication 134

About PuddleDancer Press 135

About the Center for Nonviolent Communication 136

Trade Books From PuddleDancer Press 137

About the Author 138

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Some good points

    This book was required reading for a class in my graduate degree program. While the book has many positive and helpful suggestions (self- and silent- empathy are helpful), I found it to be wordy, repetitive, and far too focused on "I" language. One passage, seriously, said that people cannot guarantee us anything, so when you're setting a lunch date, you should phrase it, "Would you be willing to set the intention to go to lunch with me on Wednesday?"
    Again, there are some really positive qualities about this book, but the excessive wordiness gets in the way of making those apparent.

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