Have you ever wondered why no matter how hard you try staying away from conflicts, you always seem to wind up in one every now and then? It is because the very heart and source of conflict lies within you – your ego.
In this book, Asaf Shani puts ego under the microscope, allowing you to understand it as you’ve never done before. He also explains the relationship between ego and conflict, which is closer and deeper than you may think. Indeed, like any other whirlwind romance, the one between ego and conflict has the potential to get you carried away, often with disastrous results. You can put a stop to it, though, by keeping your wits about you and this book will show you just how. The steps are detailed and easy to understand, with fun illustrations and examples you can easily relate to.
Asaf Shani has been teaching negotiation and conflict management skills to business organizations for the past 17 years. This book is his 8th and most intriguing yet, as well as the most spiritual, enriched with his own personal experiences. With the tips and methods he provides on managing ego and conflict, you won’t only be a better negotiator both at work and at home but a better person, more at peace with yourself and the world around you.
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This book offers a different angle on the evolvement, and hence management, of difficult situations. 'Different' in the sense of examining the conflict phenomenon from the inside out – from the mind outward. This 'inside out' angle is not only a refreshing angle about one of the most common human phenomenon but it is also a very powerful one as it touches the very source of any conflict or negotiation that has turned bad. The author reveals, in a clear and confident way, how a conflict must first bud in our mind and only then can it send its toxic tendrils into the apparent reality. By that he offers a powerful transformational tool to better manage conflicts, negotiations, difficult situation or any other daily confrontational situation. I join fellow reviewers and agree that one of the strengths of this book is the fact that it offers, on top of the self realization 'it-is-all-about-me' understanding, a practical 'hands on' methodology that enables the reader to...
I own a tourism business that specializes in the Middle East - one of the most ego saturated regions in the world. Reading the book's title, I though the book will help me better negotiate with clients with a BIG ego. I was wrong as I got so much more out of this book! Indeed, the book will guide you through the maze of other people's ego yet it will first and far most help you realize the roll of your own ego in what you've considered to be solely the other side's fault.
I've realized one simple truth, that I can manage other people's ego by first managing my own and the book equipped me with the I win model to do so. guess what, a month after reading the book and I run to by far less problems than I've used to... it's amazing how one's clients can change so fast... :-)
I now understand that (my own) ego issues stretches far beyond what I've considered before and how deeply ego is rooted it is in the western way of thinking.
Towards the end of the foreword, the author quotes a line from the movie The Never Ending Story: "This book is not safe". Not safe in the sense that the book will force you to be an active reader and will change you while reading it.
The book The Romance of Ego and Conflict is indeed not a safe book as whoever reads it can't but change the way he/she manages himself during conflicts and negotiations. The illusion of self is what creates the illusion of conflict claims and proves the author by showing the resemblance between egoic mind identification and conflict - personalization processes. Yet, and this is the strength of the book, the author doesn't leave the discussion in the realm of the theory and offers a practical approach to deal with the tangible problems of daily lives. By that the book offers both a solid and inspiring approach to handling conflicts and negotiations along with enabling the reader to evolve spiritually by practicing the approach the book...
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