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Moments of Impact : How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change
by Chris Ertel and Lisa Kay Solomon


Overview - Two leading experts on designing strategic conversations unveil a simple, creative process that allows teams to tackle their most challenging issues.

In our fast-changing world, leaders are increasingly confronted by messy, multifaceted challenges that require collaboration to resolve.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Two leading experts on designing strategic conversations unveil a simple, creative process that allows teams to tackle their most challenging issues.

In our fast-changing world, leaders are increasingly confronted by messy, multifaceted challenges that require collaboration to resolve. But the standard methods for tackling these challenges--meetings packed with data-drenched presentations or brainstorming sessions that circle back to nowhere--just don't deliver.

Great strategic conversations generate breakthrough insights by combining the best ideas of people with different backgrounds and perspectives. In this book, two experts "crack the code" on what it takes to design creative, collaborative problem-solving sessions that soar rather than sink.

Drawing on decades of experience as innovation strategists--and supported by cutting-edge social science research, dozens of real-life examples, and interviews with well over 100 thought leaders, executives, and fellow practitioners-- they unveil a simple, creative process that leaders and their teams can use to unlock solutions to their most vexing issues. The book also includes a "Starter Kit" full of tools and tips for putting the book's core principles into practice.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451697629
  • ISBN-10: 1451697627
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: February 2014
  • Page Count: 264
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-12-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Strategic advisor Ertel and innovation expert Solomon want to make strategic meetings more valuable and inspiring to all involved. Designing these essential conversations should be a craft, not an accident. The results will feel like regular meetings or like brainstorming sessions, but they will get your team thinking creatively and emotionally. Ertel and Solomon identify the five key elements of creating a well-organized meeting: identify participants, assemble content, set the agenda, find a venue, and declare the objectives. Don’t just throw people in a room, they caution; participants need significant preparation. The trick is to allow the right people to arrive at the meeting with the right materials, entering an environment that’s conducive to the right kind of conversations. Chock-full of graphs and case studies from companies such as Natura and Facebook, the authors cover the essentials of engaging multiple perspectives, navigating alignment, framing key issues, and setting the scene. They finish with a substantive and comprehensive starter kit (60 pages) that, by itself, is worth the price of the book. Tightly focused on one particular area of leadership, this is a guide every frustrated meeting-goer should read, with advice they should all implement. Agent: Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Company. (Feb.)

 
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