The Discomfort Zone
How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs
By Marcia Reynolds
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Final Release Date: October 2014
Pages: 192

You want people to stretch their limits, but your conversations meant to help them often fall flat or backfire, creating more resistance than growth. Top leadership coach Marcia Reynolds offers a model for using the Discomfort Zone—the moment when the mind is most open to learning—to prompt people to think through problems, see situations more strategically, and transcend their limitations.

Drawing on recent discoveries in the neuroscience of learning, Reynolds shows how to ask the kinds of questions that short-circuit the brain's defense mechanisms and habitual thought patterns. Then, instead of being told, people see for
themselves the insightful and often profound solutions to what is stopping their progress. The exercises and case studies will help you use discomfort in your conversations to create lasting changes and an enlivened workforce.

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An important read for leaders and managers


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The advice and methods in this book are sometimes eye opening. Most of them are easier said than done but that's what keeps you growing. It tells you about important steps and pitfalls when you want to introduce change or simply help people decide. For this book to help you, just like a programming book, you need to practice: apply your the thing's you've learned/read and observe the outcomes and iterate.

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