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Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues | David Bradford, Ph.D., Carole Robin, Ph.D.
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A transformative guide to building more fulfilling relationships with colleagues, friends, partners, and family, based on the landmark Interpersonal Dynamics (Touchy-Feely) course at Stanfords Graduate School of Business Carole Robin and David Bradford are masters at helping people bring IQ and EQ together to satisfy both and be successful.Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater and author of Principles: Life and Work The ability to create strong relationships with others is crucial to living a full life and becoming more effective at work. Yet many of us find ourselves struggling to build solid personal and professional connections or unable to handle challenges that inevitably arise when we grow closer to others. When we find ourselves in an exceptional relationshipthe kind of relationship in which we feel fully understood and supported for who we areit can seem like magic. But the truth is that the process of building and sustaining these relationships can be described, learned, and applied. David Bradford and Carole Robin taught interpersonal skills to MBA candidates for a combined seventy-five years in their legendary Stanford Graduate School of Business course Interpersonal Dynamics (affectionately known to generations of students as Touchy-Feely) and have coached and consulted hundreds of executives for decades. In Connect, they show readers how to take their relationships from shallow to exceptional by cultivating authenticity, vulnerability, and honesty, while being willing to ask for and offer help, share a commitment to growth, and deal productively with conflict. Filled with relatable scenarios and research-backed insights, Connect is an important resource for anyone hoping to improve existing relationships and build new ones at any stage of life.
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A qualified "pick" for this one. It's better than most self-helpy books, and I appreciate how much variety they offer in their examples, including examples of relationships that maybe aren't destined to become "exceptional," but the example dialogues feel somewhat contrived and biased towards a particular way of living life (full-time career, going for drinks with friends) that feels a little limiting. (Cont'd in comments)

ImperfectCJ And right now my difficulty is with establishing friendships rather than growing them, so the utility of the suggestions for me is less than it might be for someone else. There's also a misattributed quote at the very beginning of the book that felt sloppy to me and probably colored my experience of the book as a whole. 4mo
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"Oscar Wilde, among others, wryly commented, 'Be yourself, everybody else is taken.'"

Actually, no, he didn't: https://www.professorbuzzkill.com/qnq-23-wilde-be-yourself/

I'm getting so fatigued reading misattributed quotes. It's annoying but somewhat excusable in a social media post, but it really makes me question an author's---and publisher's---credibility when it's in a book. I'm only on page 4, and I've already got one foot out the door.

DogMomIrene Yikes! Especially when the author has a Ph.D. Duuuuuude, I have a blog, but I fact check like crazy. You‘re publishing an actual book, c‘mon! 5mo
ImperfectCJ After erroneously crediting A.A. Milne with Disney-created Pooh pap twice in just a few months, NY Times Crossword is on the verge of losing my paid subscription, and I currently have a 532-day streak, which should give a sense of how much this bothers me. 5mo
ImperfectCJ @DogMomIrene I do the same thing with my blog. I'm terrified of publishing inaccuracies, and I don't even have that many readers. I read something like this, and I'm like, "have some dignity, man!" 5mo
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