60-40 Or Fight: How to Get Along with Someone Besides Yourself

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This book will be of interest ONLY to people who Communicate and have Relationships with Others.

Every relationship is a unique two-person relationship. In other words, you, I and everyone else has a unique relationship with every person with whom we come in contact. If we want to ensure any successful relationship, it is incumbent on us to take more than 50% of the responsibility to make that happen...let's say 60%. Every decision involving people is a judgment decision so we don't know exactly where 60% is but we know it's more than half. If we are willing to accept more than half the responsibility to make a relationship work, then we are inherently expecting less than 60% from the other person. In relationships that are truly productive and growth oriented, the other person will also accept more than half the responsibility to make the relationship successful. Then there will be a nice overlap within which to develop a ComFORT zone.

If each person is willing to accept only half the responsibility to make a relationship successful, s/he will end up accepting less than half...say 40% because, once again, no one knows exactly where 50% is. Then the area which could have been developmental becomes destructive and the relationship becomes a ComBAT zone.

So if you want to avoid hitting each other over the head with a figurative BAT in a ComBAT zone and would rather strengthen a relationship into the fortifications of a FORT by building a ComFORT zone, we invite you to peruse 60 40 OR FIGHT and try out some of the suggested concepts. We're confident you'll discover how great people can be and how downright wonderful most of them, at their best, and that especially includes you, really are.

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About the Author:

Everett Christensen has spent more than 45 years analyzing and evaluating the development of interpersonal relationships. First as a personnel specialist; then as a college recruiter; then as an instructor in supervisory development; then as a Human Resources Director; then as Senior Vice President of a major financial institution; then as a consultant in management; then as a university professor in a Graduate School of Management; and finally, as the owner of several businesses.

Christensen has a BA degree in Economics from Michigan State University and an MA degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. His first article appeared in The Personnel Journal in 1964 and his first book, Dynamic Supervision was published in 1970. Since then he has published 55 Magic Management Words (1989) and It All Counts Towards Twenty (2004), a fictional novel about life in the Air Force.

In 1983, Christensen moved to the small Midwestern town of Madelia, MN, where he became President of the local telephone company. The next year he built Cable TV in the community and in 1989, purchased the Telephone Company. In 1991 he purchased and reopened the local movie theater which had been closed for 5 years and in 1998, purchased the local newspaper when it was about to leave town. He has since sold the Cable TV Company and the newspaper but continues as CEO of Christensen Communications Company which provides state-of-the-art services in telecommunications, locally and in an ever expanding surrounding area.

The Company slogan is Where Service Is Our Most Important Product and Christensen believes, as he has written in his book, That the Greatest Contribution We Can Make to Ourselves is to Contribute Something to Someone Else.

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