Reconcilable Differences: Connecting in a Disconnected World
Connecting in a Disconnected World
A remarkable new way to move beyond biases and blind spots (especially if you don't think you have any!) so you can communicate more effectively with a friend, lover, relative, or colleague
You know what it feels like to be "at odds" with someone. Sometimes it seems like you are speaking completely different languages. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Dawna Markova and communication expert Angie McArthur have spent years developing and implementing tools to help people find common ground. In Reconcilable Differences, they provide the strategies you need to bridge the gap at the heart of your differences with others.
Each of us possesses rational intelligence: the capacity to divide information into discrete categories, processes, and logical steps. But you may not realize that the secret to building bridges between people lies hidden in your relational intelligence: the way you communicate, understand, learn, and trust. Reconcilable Differences shows you how to map mind patterns (the secret to pinpointing communication pitfalls) and identify thinking talents (the catalysts for peak performance). You will gain insights into how you learn in order to turn doubt into trust and uncertainty into productive engagement.
Brimming with anecdotes and advice not only from the authors' files but also from their own experiences as a mother- and daughter-in-law who are like night and day, Reconcilable Differences is your guidebook for making profoundly positive change with those you care about.
Advance praise for Reconcilable Differences
"Reconcilable Differences offers an inspiring way to bridge differences with someone you care about. It will help you identify and improve your relational intelligence, and become a better communicator in the process."-Deepak Chopra, co-author of You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
"Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur offer an extremely insightful road map to navigating the diverse ways each of us approaches making ourselves understood, as well as the way we tend to hear others. The insights and strategies herein are simple and elegant. The advice is as invaluable for success at work as it is for success in life."-Peter Sims, founder and CEO, Parliament, Inc., and author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
"True communication begins with understanding yourself and the way you are being understood. This book is a powerful guide to self-analysis and bridge-building."-Suzy Amis Cameron, co-founder, the MUSE School
Dawna Markova, Ph.D., is the CEO emeritus of Professional Thinking Partners, an organization that teaches collaborative thinking to CEOs and senior executives around the world. Internationally known for her research in the fields of learning and perception, she is a former senior affiliate of the Society for Organizational Learning, originated at MIT's Sloan School of Management, the co-author of the international bestseller Random Acts of Kindness, the author of I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, and the co-author, with Angie McArthur, of Collaborative Intelligence. She lives in Hawaii.
Angie McArthur is CEO of Professional Thinking Partners and a founder of the Worldwide Women's Web, a network formed to develop women in corporate leadership roles. As an expert in communication and intellectual diversity, she has supported individuals and Fortune 500 leadership teams to master collaborative intelligence. Working in one-on-one thinking partnerships as well as with groups, McArthur helps people tune in to their own and others' unique abilities so they can effect significant change. She lives in Park City, Utah.