Collaborating With The Enemy: How To Work With People You Don't Agree With Or Like Or Trust by Adam KahaneCollaborating With The Enemy: How To Work With People You Don't Agree With Or Like Or Trust by Adam Kahane

Collaborating With The Enemy: How To Work With People You Don't Agree With Or Like Or Trust

byAdam Kahane

Paperback | June 5, 2017

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Collaborating with the EnemyHow to Work with People You Don't Agree with or Like or TrustWe're trying to get something done that really matters to us. To do this we need to work with others. But these others include people we don't agree with or like or trust, so working with them seems impossible-like collaborating with the enemy. What can we do?International consultant Adam Kahane, whose work has been praised by Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Juan Manuel Santos, has faced this challenge many times in working both on big issues, like economic restructuring, climate change, and civil war, and on ordinary issues within organizations and families. He has come to understand that everything we think we know about collaboration-that it requires a harmonious team that agrees on where it's going and how it's going to get there-is wrong. On the contrary, the only way to get things done with diverse others is to abandon harmony, agreement, and control and to learn to work with discord, experimentation, and genuine cocreation. Kahane proposes a new approach to collaboration-stretch collaboration-that is built on this insight. He offers examples of how he's helped people apply it in all kinds of tough situations throughout the world. This approach requires stepping forward with openness and commitment, as in the words of poet Antonio Machado, "Walker, there is no path. The path is made by walking."As our societies have become more polarized and globalized and our organizations have become less hierarchical, more of us need to collaborate across more heterogeneous groups than ever before. This means that increasingly often we face situations where conventional collaboration does not work. Kahane's book offers a proven and practical approach to getting things done in such complex and conflictual contexts. It could not be more timely.
Adam Kahane is a director of Reos Partners, an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues. He has worked in more than fifty countries with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and United Na...
Title:Collaborating With The Enemy: How To Work With People You Don't Agree With Or Like Or TrustFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 7.6 × 0.42 inPublished:June 5, 2017Publisher:Berrett-koehlerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1626568227

ISBN - 13:9781626568228


Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Disappointing, boastful, and overrated
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real game changer! Really taught me to look at situations in a different way
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A necessary and helpful tool for these times I read Adam Kahane´s “Collaborating with the Enemy” out of curiosity for the title and the interest on how to manage such challenging situations. I also approached it with interest for how could I try to accomplish something like this, since it seemed to me not everyone is up to the challenge of putting all own reasons (and ego) aside even if the goal deserves it (and I include opinionated self among those). Nevertheless, I must confess, I ended up also reading it with enormous gratitude for what Adam´s life experience meant for my country, Colombia: I followed the latest years of the Peace Talks between the FARC and Juan Manuel Santos government and by the different tools, approaches and the design on how the process was carried out I can see Adam´s influence and “Collaborating with the Enemy” in action. Therefore, I think this is a powerful tool to bring into situations that are not only unique, but given the complexity of the situation, the power struggles and ego battles of those involved, requires an alternate approach which calls for open-mindedness, courage, generosity, and the will to set the foundations for long term solutions where most feel included, no discriminated or defeated. Thanks to Mr Kahane for sharing his experiences and learned lessons. Victoria.
Date published: 2017-06-06