Worst Enemy, Best Teacher : How to Survive and Thrive with Opponents, Competitors, and the People Who Drive You Crazy

Combs, Deidre

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Synopsis: Both science and spirituality see the enemy as a teacher one who holds information critical to resolving common struggles. But learning from one’s enemies, especially in these polarized times, can be a profoundly difficult task. Worst Enemy, Best Teacher integrates spiritual, cultural, and scientific methods to transform adversarial relationships into powerful learning experiences. Here mediator and corporate trainer Deidre Combs expands on the revolutionary philosophy introduced in her first bookThe Way of Conflict. She suggests a cross-cultural elemental typing system earth, air, fire, water to identify and learn how best to approach the person or problem that plagues us most whether it’s a neighbor, a brother-in-law, a new boss, or the factory’s fiercest competitor. The book shows how to apply the wisdom gained from studying the opponent to any challenge, whether within one’s self, with friends or family, or between companies or nations, and offers ingenious tips and techniques for learning from the enemy and converting conflict into resolution.

From the Inside Flap: "Deidre Combs is exactly right here - exactly. This book is a great learning experience." - Gerry Spence, author of the bestselling book How to Argue and Win Every Time

"This book helps us see that our enemy - our most difficult person or situation - is actually our best source for strengthening, softening, opening, and deepening to possibilities we had not considered. Once again, Deidre Combs provides a practical guide with specific tools, practices, and skills for transforming challenging situations into greater mutuality." - Angeles Arrien, PhD, cultural anthropologist and author of The Four-Fold Way and the Second Half of Life

"I wish I had read this book before dealing with so many difficult personalities and opponents around the world. Combs skillfully synthesizes the latest research, age-old folk wisdom, and practical counsel to deal with conflict in today's fast-paced world." - Jerry White, cofounder and executive director of Landmine Survivors Network

"Living and traveling in war zones shows you the worst but also the most beautiful aspects of humanity. Worst Enemy, Best Teacher is the essence of this lesson." - Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women and author of Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam "Deidre Combs has presented another delightfully creative and insightful view of the intricacies of human interaction. In Worst Enemy, Best Teacher, she has expanded on her vision of finding strength, understanding, and calm by embracing our worst fears and greatest adversaries - a thought-provoking and inspiring read." - Jennifer Lowe, alpinist and painter, and Conrad Anker, alpinist and coauthor of The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest

"Written with remarkable insight and candor, Worst Enemy, Best Teacher offers us the courage and the tools to confront some of life's most daunting challenges. Combs deals frankly and optimistically with the issues that send most of us running for cover, convincingly making the argument that it is precisely those people who drive us crazy, our most intractable opponents, who will be our best teachers if we are prepared to engage them. I finished this book inspired and ready to take up the battle with optimism and a heart open to change." - Marcus Stevens, author of The Curve of the World and Useful Girl

"For years I have heard (and taught) that our greatest challenges are our greatest teachers. Finally, Worst Enemy, Best Teacher is the book that gives one the skills to make that happen. With specific stories and tools, Dr. Combs provides the reader with a unique resource for turning the worst that can come our way into possibly the best." - David Baum, PhD, D.Min., author of Lightning in a Bottle: Proven Lessons for Leading Change and The Randori Principles: The Path of Effortless Leadership

"Deidre Combs offers readers specific, easy-to-use strategies for becoming effective leaders in the face of conflict and confrontation. She challenges us to recognize opponents and transform our relationships with them, allowing us to move toward a greater sense of wholeness, equilibrium, and peace." - Nancy Nelson, PhD, professor of adolescent psychology, Edgewood College, Madison, WI

"With diverse references, inspiring real-life examples, and practical, easy-to-employ exercises, Deidre Combs's powerful book Worst Enemy, Best Teacher offers a wealth of important resources for living in our pluralistic world. With compassion and insight, Combs invites her readers to see interpersonal conflicts as opportunities holding great gifts of wisdom and understanding - a philosophy that will bring healing not only to individual lives but to our world as well." - Maggie Oman Shannon, author of The Way We Pray and One God, Shared Hope

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