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3.0045045045045 out of 53.0045045045045 out of 53.0045045045045 out of 53.0045045045045 out of 53.0045045045045 out of 5 3.00 (666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Craig Scott Narrator: Susan Craig Scott Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9780743546973
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FIERCE CONVERSATIONS
A way of conducting business.
An attitude.
A way of life.

Susan Scott trains clients in the art of fierce conversations, empowering them to achieve exceptional results through transforming dialogue. Success hinges on engaging people in ways that interrogate reality, provoke learning, tackle tough challenges, tap our deepest aspirations, and enrich relationships. Fierce Conversations takes you step-by-step through your first fierce conversation -- with yourself -- and on to the most challenging and important conversations facing you.
Susan Scott teaches you how to:

  • Overcome barriers to meaningful conversation
  • Expand and enrich the territory you explore with colleagues, friends, and family
  • Explore issues by mining for increased clarity, improved understanding, and impetus for change
  • Confront challenges with courage, compassion, and skill
  • Leverage new skills for frictionless debate
  • Handle strong emotions - your own as well as others'
  • Build breakthrough relationships with colleagues, clients, friends, and family
Fierce Conversations is the master guidebook to transforming the conversations that are central to your success, offering a new way of relating to people -- at work, and in every area of your life. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Your book, Fierce Conversations, Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time, is a key component of our Leadership Alchemy Program.”

    Gail S. Williams, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

  • “Scott’s written words contain substance and, as an author, she’s levelheaded and funny…book boasts enough psychological sensitivity to merit success.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Scott’s workbook exercises will allow readers to have effective, life-changing fierce conversations of their own.”  

    Booklist

  • “The conversations [Scott] refers to may be the very ones that you have been avoiding…They involve bringing those brutally honest and sometimes painful subjects to the surface with your coworkers, your spouse, and especially yourself…The results are usually powerful, and Scott’s workbook exercises will allow readers to have effective, life-changing fierce conversations of their own.”

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  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Williams-Czopek | 2/13/2014

    " Good perspective on how to communicate within an organization and how those skills can extend into personal communications. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha H | 2/4/2014

    " Really useful in business and management - not to mention in relationships. It's also enjoyably written and a very quick read. The principles really do work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/1/2014

    " Of all the professional books I've read in my life, this is the one I would list at the very top, as the one I should have read 27 years ago as I was just launching a career in educational leadership. No, let me take that back. This is the book I should have read 33 years ago when I became a mother. Hmmmmm.... In fact, this is the book I should have read 40 years ago as I was launching my first marriage. Wait--let me try one more time: This is the book I should have read 50 years ago as I began to take responsibilities for relationships. (I would have been eight years old.) Does that serve as a sufficient recommendation? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viki | 1/16/2014

    " This book gives you the courage and the tools to say the hard things that are sometimes necessary in work and in love. Very practical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iceblue Accent | 12/25/2013

    " Enjoyed this book so much that I also ordered her second book (Fierce Leadership). If you like and expect honest, respectful discussions at work - read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 12/19/2013

    " Excellent book both for people who want to have more effective and authentic conversations in their business and personal lives.....plus for use by executive coaches. I especially loved the chapter on how to have more effective 1:1s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T | 12/5/2013

    " This is a great book with lots if helpful suggestions! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 11/19/2013

    " Ugh, this was a hard book to get through. There are too many ideas, it's hard to pick out one that will work. Also, this lady thinks she's awesome and wants to tell you all about how awesome she is. She isn't awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Williamson | 10/31/2013

    " Excellent "self-help" on improving conversations, whether with yourself or others to learn more about what you or they should be doing to get on with life and relate better to others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 10/13/2013

    " This was really a lot of common sense. There are some good lines and quotes, but that is about all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 9/25/2013

    " Some really good content. Some really lame stories - but that is par for the genre. Definately more than a few tidbits that I will use in my life and for that it was worth it, considering it was required reading for a leadership program am I in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fabusina | 9/23/2013

    " An interesting, if somewhat idealistic, approach to having more effective, productive conversations at home and in the workplace. I like her ideas, but I'm skeptical about how to implement them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 8/1/2013

    " Interesting ideas-more self improvement ideas than I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Abrera | 6/12/2013

    " This book helped me establish lasting relationships with my directs. It gave me a lot of insights on how simple questions can evoke interesting covnersations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breann | 5/12/2013

    " Great easy read for personal and professional life. Another one to read more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 2/1/2013

    " Very helpful for someone who thinks of these things as being confrontational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/21/2012

    " I highly recommend this. It's about cutting through to what's really important in your interactions with others, and it's a fabulous skill to have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roni | 2/11/2012

    " This is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy Evans | 10/29/2011

    " This is a great book. If more people read this, there would be a lot less strife in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 8/16/2011

    " Well written. Reminder that we need to be a player in our own life rather than a spectator. Had a hard time getting into the books cosmos, but message is powerful and appropriate. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Idahogirl | 6/24/2011

    " I just couldn't get through all the homework...but there were a few good nuggets of information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 6/18/2011

    " An interesting way to invest in relationships that matter, and a way to understand that many more matter than one might think! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve | 5/20/2011

    " Ok. I'll admit that I never quite finished this book. Some parts were a little too self-helpy for me. However, there was one chapter (can't remember which one) that went through step-by-step on how to construct and have a "fierce conversation"...that was the most beneficial part of the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T | 5/12/2011

    " This is a great book with lots if helpful suggestions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 4/24/2011

    " This is a great book. If more people read this, there would be a lot less strife in the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 1/3/2011

    " A pretty obvious book about saying what you need to say to people and the value of doing so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/1/2010

    " One of the few books out there that deals with the difficult tasks of dealing with people. If all is not wine and roses at work or at home, this is the book to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 4/7/2010

    " One of the best books for preparing for and handling difficult conversations. The book is focused on developing the readers personal vision, a process that can at times be confusing and daunting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 3/28/2010

    " Excellent book both for people who want to have more effective and authentic conversations in their business and personal lives.....plus for use by executive coaches. I especially loved the chapter on how to have more effective 1:1s. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 3/13/2010

    " Actually I only listened to 1/2 of this book, as I cldnt stand it. Yap, yap, yap. I am very skeptical about self help books of this type at any rate, but really did not find anything at all here that I thought was going to change my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/27/2009

    " I don't read many business books, this exception was recommended by a friend. Very insightful, not just for business but applicable to all of life. Primary themes are honesty with yourself and others. The things we say, or don't say, impact our lives in ways many of us don't stop to consider. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 12/10/2009

    " I suppose it has good advice, but tedious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 9/27/2009

    " Some really good content. Some really lame stories - but that is par for the genre. Definately more than a few tidbits that I will use in my life and for that it was worth it, considering it was required reading for a leadership program am I in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buz | 8/23/2009

    " Written by a coach, this book is full of insights that allow people to interact at a level other than news, sports and weather. The author demonstrates understanding on the art of asking important questions so that real relationships can grow deeper than surface level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/23/2009

    " Everyone should read the section - Getting Real with Yourself. This books certainly forces one to analyze the way they approach conversations with oneself and with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 5/5/2009

    " very significant information. the concept of "ground truth" and the emphasis on going into an important conversation without making statements, but asking questions. "

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About the Author

Susan Scott’s firm, Fierce Conversations, Inc., is an internationally recognized leader in executive education focused on achieving results through skillful and courageous dialogue, providing Fierce Conversations, Fierce Leadership, and Fierce Coaching programs for CEOs and company leaders. For fourteen years, Scott ran think tanks for executives through TEC International, an organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs around the world. Previously Scott served as vice president of the Pace Network, a search firm in Seattle, and also as regional manager for Context Associated, a training organization headquartered in San Francisco. Raised in Tennessee, she now lives in Seattle.