Divide or Conquer: How Great Teams Turn Conflict into Strength

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Addresses key questions about the nature of professional relationships, explaining how companies are irrevocably shaped by positive and negative relationships between colleagues, in a guide that shares strategies for building strong and flexible working relationships that can endure difficult interpersonal challenges.

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Diana McLain Smith is a partner at the Monitor Group, a global strategy consulting firm. For nearly three decades, she has advised hundreds of leaders while doing research on leadership, negotiation, and organizational behavior. She has taught at Boston College s Carroll School of Management and guest lectured at Harvard Law School s Program on Negotiation.

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The most original ideas on conflict in years. A must read for anyone interested in making their organization a success.
Roger Fisher, author of Getting to Yes

One of the most enlightening and useful books I ve read about that indomitable, freighted four- syllable word that has the power to destroy dreams and lives or enliven them: relationships. Smith has a unique style, smart and deft, coupled with a fresh sense of humor.
Warren Bennis, distinguished professor of business, University of Southern California, and coauthor (with Noel Tichy), Judgment

Work relationships are like the weather everybody talks a lot about them, but most think they can t do much about them. Such fatalism soon becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, resulting in mediocre and frustrating teams at all levels. A master adviser to teams, Diana Smith persuasively shows how those who truly care about performance and relationships can simultaneously nurture both.
Peter Senge, author, The Fifth Discipline

A rare book sensitive in human terms, but also practical and hard-edged.
Lord Dennis Stevenson, banker, chairman, HBOS, plc

Smith offers advice that s applicable to politics, governance, and life itself. An easy read that can really pay off.
Geraldine A. Ferraro, former member of Congress

With advice that is both practical and profound, Smith shows us how to bring out the very best in our partners, teammates, and ourselves.
Michael Wheeler, professor of management practice, Harvard Business School

Smith has written a masterpiece . . . for all leaders from business to politics.
Jonas Gahr Store, minister of foreign affairs, Norway

An invaluable guide to a domain that s becoming ever more important, not only in business but across sectors. I wish I had this book when I co-founded City Year twenty years ago.
Alan Khazei, CEO, Be the Change, and cofounder, City Year

These days relationships are recognized as business lifeblood and everyone works to improve them, so Diana McLain Smith s Divide or Conquer: How Great Teams Turn Conflict into Strength is right on the money. She takes you behind the media stories of relationships that made headlines to illustrate how a broken relationship can cause severe damage not just to the people, but to the company and the brand. Relationships happen, but great relationships take thought and effort. They ll never be easy, but Divide or Conquer provides the tools and insights to make them easier.
Leadership Turn.com

[Smith] does a phenomenal job of breaking down the dynamics, dysfunctions, errors, and blind spots that caused all kinds of turmoil at Apple, ultimately ending in Steve Jobs being removed from his job. This kind of thing happens all the time in business and personal relationships, and this book seeks to help us understand why and suggests ways to prevent it from happening. Smith provides some great models, examples, and techniques to help you here. More importantly, she provides some tools to help you push the reset button and try to get things on a healthier trajectory. Brilliant stuff, and very practical.
-Genuine Curiosity.com

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