Collaborating With the Enemy

Collaborating With the Enemy

How to Work With People You Don't Agree With or Like or Trust

Book - 2017
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International consultant Adam Kahane teaches us how to work with people who we might not like or trust. He explains how flexibility and improvisation can lead to what he calls “stretch collaboration.” He outlines the five misunderstandings that keep people from effectively collaborating with “those people” and shows readers how they can successfully engage with positive results instead.
Collaboration is increasingly difficult and increasingly necessary

Often, to get something done that really matters to us, we need to work with people we don’t agree with or like or trust. Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change and on everyday issues in organizations and families. He has learned that our conventional understanding of collaboration—that it requires a harmonious team that agrees on where it’s going, how it’s going to get there, and who needs to do what—is wrong. Instead, we need a new approach to collaboration that embraces discord, experimentation, and genuine cocreation—which is exactly what Kahane provides in this groundbreaking and timely book.

Publisher: Oakland, CA :, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., a BK Business Book,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781626568228
Branch Call Number: 650.13 KAH
Characteristics: xviii, 129 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Barnum, Jeff - Illustrator


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Dec 04, 2017

This book is an interesting read but it wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted practical tips in a workplace team setting, but this was much larger in its scale and had a lot of stories that weren't pertinent to me. He shared some interesting thoughts around collaboration; in particular, when it's not the right time to collaborate. This was a mile-high view where I wanted a more "in the weeds" view with practical examples and advice.

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