In any conflict, the First Alternative is my way, and the Second Alternative is your way. The fight always boils down to a question of whose way is better. This book presents a new and practical, but incredibly effective and eye-opening, way to reach resolution through using the “Third Alternative.” The Third Alternative moves beyond your way or my way to a higher and better way—one that allows both parties to emerge from debate or even heated conflict in a far better place than either had envisioned. With the Third Alternative, nobody has to give up anything, and everyone wins.
To a world of escalating strife and contention, Third Alternative thinkers like those Covey profiles in this innovative and practical book, bring creative solutions, peace, and healing. Through key examples and stories from his work as a consultant, Covey will demonstrate that Third Alternative thinking is the supreme opportunity of our times. His wide ranging examples include: a Canadian metropolitan police force that transformed a crime-plagued community by abandoning their “them vs. us” mentality and changing the whole definition of police work; a Florida family who has taken in an “81-year-old foster son” in a new program that offers aging Veterans a third alternative between lonely isolation and institutionalized care; a Chicago law firm that has become one of the wealthiest and winningest in the world by forgetting about billable hours and creating win-win solutions for their clients; and many other. Through reading about these various groups and individuals, readers will learn how to create new and better results instead of escalating conflict, as well as how to build strong relationships with diverse individuals based on an attitude of winning together.
There are a lot of books on “conflict resolution,” but in most of these other books, conflict resolution usually means compromise, a low-level accommodation that stops the fight without necessarily breaking through to amazing new results. The 3rd Alternative is about more than just an armistice—it’s about creating a new and improved reality. A departure from the material out there on conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation, this book represents a new way of thinking that will be embraced not only by the many fans that have flocked to Covey’s prior books, but also by anyone who is seeking resolution in their professional or personal lives. Download and start listening now!