Solving Tough Problems

Solving Tough Problems

An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities

Book - 2004
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Adam Kahane has worked on some of the toughest, most complex problems in the world. He started out as an expert analyst and advisor to corporations and governments, convinced of the need to calculate "the one right answer." After an unexpected experience in South Africa during the transition away from apartheid, he got involved in facilitating a series of extraordinary high-conflict, high-stakes problem-solving efforts: in Colombia during the civil war, in Argentina during the collapse, in Guatemala after the genocide, in Israel, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and the Basque Country. Through these experiences, he learned to create environments that enable new ideas and creative solutions to emerge even in the most stuck, polarized contexts. Here Kahane tells his stories and distills from them an approach all of us can use to solve our own toughest problems--at home, at work, in our communities, and in national and international affairs.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler : 2004
ISBN: 9781576752937
Branch Call Number: 303.69 K12s
Characteristics: 149p


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Oct 12, 2013

The author provides many stories of his extensive consultancy experience, but the essence of his formula really only takes about 3 pages to describe completely.
That's not to say the book isn't useful, only that it reads more like a travel guide for TED talks types; lots of exotic locations and big idea meetings, very little in the way of practice. Be honest, open and willing to put aside prejudices and biases - and stop me if you'd heard this before.

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