How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation [Paperback]
Robert Robert Kegan (Author), Lisa Laskow Lahey (Author)
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Tools for removing Roadblocks to change February 28, 2002 -
As author of the book "The evolving Self", Kegan is amongst the select few that have written about life's transformations. He really figured out how and why people are "committed" to resist change. Now Kegan offers tools to "transform" from one level to the next. Most of the time, when confronted to change, a little voice inside us will tell us why not the change. According to Kegan & Lahey, this voice speaks with 7 tongues. One could even say that these "voices" make us immune to change. Luckily, for each of the 7 languages, this book offers a powerful antidote.
What I like about the book is that it's practical. It includes exercises and models that you can apply in your day to day practice. As such I recommend it to people who want to get through a transformational stage themselves (as a how-
Mastering the Language of Engagement, August 16, 2009 -
Kegan & Lahey have compiled a remarkable study into the importance of mastering communication skills; both verbal & non-
An important, and largely misunderstood part of effective communication, is using an approach which values personal accountability, while diminishing finger pointing. This would be most beneficial for management to comprehend when faced with the challenge of getting employees to actively engage in the process of work. Certainly, by mastering the art of communicating in a non-
Another great book on the subject is Paul Herr's Primal Management: Unraveling the Secrets of Human Nature to Drive High Performance. It picks up where Kegan & Lahey left off with this particular gem.