Esther Recommends

Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High

I do not exaggerate when I say, this is a breakthrough book! Crucial Conversations is the result of 25 years of work by four expert consultants, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, who have achieved significant measurable results with clients in hundreds of organizations.

High stakes conversations, where emotional safety is [Read more…]

Talks About Vulnerability

Dr. Brene Brown TALKS about vulnerability and wholeheartedness

Although I have read Brene Brown’s breakthrough book, “The Gifts of Imperfection,” it was while watching her TED talk that I grasped the importance of vulnerability in successful connections with others.

Brown’s inadvertent discovery of the importance of vulnerability in our lives was generated by her research involving shame. That years-long process ultimately brought her to the development of a concept that she calls “wholeheartedness.”

“Messy” is how Brown refers to the serious topics of [Read more…]

Esther Recommends: The Dance of Connection

Dr. Harriet Lerner’s compelling stories in her excellent book, The Dance of Connection show us how to speak with honor and integrity. Teaching us how to restore love and connection with people who matter the most to us, even when it’s complicated and painful, Dr. Lerner gives us courage to speak truthfully to those who have hurt and offended us.

She dispenses practical advice with humor while her wisdom and kindness [Read more…]