26 years ago in my first book, I wrote about our Eureka! Research findings on the exponential power of diversity to ignite smarter and more innovative ideas.
Patrick Aylward’s new book, THE COLLABORATIVE PATH, is a must read for anyone who is interested in making diversity and collaboration work.
The book’s wisdom comes from his deep expertise igniting collaboration during years of work as a lawyer, arbitrator, mediator and conflict management consultant.
The book is filled with dozens of “nuggets” on how we can all get along better. It’s a practical book with detailed ideas, advice and techniques.
His discussion on “The Big Three Conversations the BOTTLE, the BLURT, the BLAB” is worth the price of the book alone:
BOTTLE (don’t speak up when frustrated with someone)
BLURT (suddenly blurts out a negative reaction to them )
BLAB (gossip negatively about the person to someone else)
Most importantly, he outlines in detail how to confront and neutralize each of these negative conversations. In a world that sometimes seems to have gone mad – it’s comforting and encouraging to read a book like this.
I especially love how Patrick defines working together as not a win / lose situation but rather as more of a wholistic endeavor. His definition is simple….
COLLABORATION = BETTER SOLUTIONS + STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS.
The book is available to order in print or digital form world wide.