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"Learning in Relationship: Foundation
for Personal and Professional Success"
All organization change initiatives; TQM, self-managed work teams, reengineering, high-performance work teams, restructuring, balanced scorecards, build from the foundation of effective work relationships. Without a strong foundation, oftentimes change initiatives crumble or need constant shoring up throughout the effort. Ron Short's book is about how to provide this foundation.
Seeing The World Inside
This truth is central to the book. Short helps us experience the truth of it and builds on the reality that we create the world inside ourselves, all the while acting like the world is outside of us. Short helps us turn around and see the world from inside out rather than outside in. We often end up pursuing pre-packaged purposes that others "know" we need. We get lost, we stumble about because we have too many maps and no compass. This book is about your personal compass and navigation. It is all about you, your purpose, your perception, your freedom, your choice.
Patterns Are The
Throughout this book the reader will learn to bring more to relationships with others. You can recognize small patterns in your interactions, patterns you repeat perhaps hundreds of times a week, that do not serve you well. The book helps to recognize and alter those patterns.
If It's Broke, Fix
Short's guidance on this is priceless. As counter-intuitive as it might feel, the way to fixing a relationship starts with you.
Tips for Improving
Bringing It Home
His questions are accompanied by plenty of specific examples that the reader will easily identify with and find easy to use. Short also provides exercises that allow you to practice what he's preaching.
All in all, this is a very useful book that applies to 90 percent of our waking hours. The author's years of experience show on every page; you can sense the life of study, experience and reflection that back this book. Short shows a remarkable talent for expressing what is behind or beneath what you think is obvious. He knows your struggles because they are his; his learning can speed up your own. Each book is accompanied by a self-awareness reminder booklet containing key points you need in your next encounter.
"Learning in Relationship: Foundation for Personal and Professional Success.Ronald R. Short, Ph.D. Learning in Action Technologies, Bellevue, Wash. ISBN #1-887259-00-7, pages 153, $19.95