Collaborating With the Enemy

Collaborating With the Enemy

How to Work With People You Don't Agree With or Like or Trust

eBook - 2017
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We're trying to get something done that really matters to us. To do this we need to work with others. But these others include people we don't agree with or like or trust, so working with them seems impossible-like collaborating with the enemy. What can we do ?International consultant Adam Kahane, whose work has been praised by Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Juan Manuel Santos, has faced this challenge many times in working both on big issues, like economic restructuring, climate change, and civil war, and on ordinary issues within organizations and families. He has come to understand that everything we think we know about collaboration-that it requires a harmonious team that agrees on where it's going and how it's going to get there-is wrong. On the contrary, the only way to get things done with diverse others is to abandon harmony, agreement, and control and to learn to work with discord, experimentation, and genuine co-creation. Kahane proposes a new approach to collaboration-stretch collaboration-that is built on this insight. He offers examples of how he's helped people apply it in all kinds of tough situations throughout the world. This approach requires stepping forward with openness and commitment, as in the words of poet Antonio Machado, "Walker, there is no path. The path is made by walking."As our societies have become more polarized and globalized and our organizations have become less hierarchical, more of us need to collaborate across more heterogeneous groups than ever before. This means that increasingly often we face situations where conventional collaboration does not work. Kahane's eBook offers a proven and practical approach to getting things done in such complex and conflictual contexts. It could not be more timely.
Publisher: [United States] :, Berrett-Koehler Publishers,, 2017
ISBN: 9781626568242
1626568243
Call Number: EBOOK HOOPLA
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Dec 04, 2017

This book is an interesting read but it wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted practical tips in a workplace team setting, but this was much larger in its scale and had a lot of stories that weren't pertinent to me. He shared some interesting thoughts around collaboration; in particular, when it's not the right time to collaborate. This was a mile-high view where I wanted a more "in the weeds" view with practical examples and advice.

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