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Collaboration is essential in today’s workplace, but you may have to work with people whom you dislike and who dislike you. Social enterprise expert Adam Kahane, who has spent 25 years helping groups around the world negotiate seeming irreconcilable differences, explains how to work with those you’d rather avoid, achieve your goals and maybe even make peace. He discusses when, how and why collaboration works and warns against its pitfalls. getAbstract recommends his well-organized manual to anyone who must find common ground where none seems to exist.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why people must “collaborate” with people they dislike,
  • How to use the three dimensions of “stretch collaboration” and
  • How to listen effectively.

About the Author

Adam Kahane is a director and co-founder of Reos Partners, an international social enterprise. He has worked in more than 50 countries with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and clergy.




At home, in your company and in your industry, you must collaborate. This includes working with relatives as well as colleagues that you may not like – or may even hate – and who may dislike or hate you in return. Sometimes you must collaborate with your enemies to achieve mutual goals.

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    Nathalia Cortat 3 months ago
    This book ex­plains how to work with people you don’t like. Very nice
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    Brandi Wielgopolski 7 months ago
    Good info if you are new to the topic.
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    Diego Ferreira 8 months ago
    Nothing new! I wouldn't buy this book.

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