How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 2, 2001 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
Why is the gap so great between our hopes, our intentions, even our decisions-and what we are actually able to bring about? Even when we are able to make important changes-in our own lives or the groups we lead at work-why are the changes are so frequently short-lived and we are soon back to business as usual? What can we do to transform this troubling reality?

In this intensely practical book, Harvard psychologists Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey take us on a carefully guided journey designed to help us answer these very questions. And not just generally, or in the abstract. They help each of us arrive at our own particular answers that can solve the puzzling gap between what we intend and what we are able to accomplish. How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work provides you with the tools to create a powerful new build-it-yourself mental technology.


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I have just started reading this book. It looks interesting and judging by others' reviews worth the time. I am very puzzled by one major amiss though: There is no bibliography section for the various references the authors are listing throughout the text, something I would expect from members of academia.  

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Please do NOT listen to that negative reviewer on Dr. Kegan and L. Lahey book. It is so far beyond great that this person must have missed the many rich insights it provides. If you truly want a book which demonstrates insights into negative patterns with amazing alternatives for improving an organization then this is the book for you. Aspects such as the four column exercise create new neural pathways to understanding why we don't always change. The concept of "just getting on base" is a great baseball analogy for sales. It isn't always about hitting a home run. These gems are but just a small sample of what this amazing book has to offer. 


Introduction What Do You Really Want and What Will You Do to Keep from Getting It?
Part One The Internal Languages
Part Two The Social Languages
Part Three Carrying on the Work
Epilogue Toward the Transformation Highway
The Authors

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Robert Kegan, Ph.D., is the William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads.

Lisa Laskow Lahey, Ed.D., is research director of the Change Leadership Project at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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