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Shared Visions is a training and organizational effectiveness company leading organizational evolution across Canada. We help organizations like yours identify the obstacles, behaviours, and unproductive patterns that are standing in the way of achieving full potential. Let our dialogue based consulting and training methodologies help propel you to your next stage of evolution.
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The Return of the Rational—Separating Facts vs. Stories

Dear Crucial Skills, Since the election, I’ve been noodling on one of the core competencies of Crucial Conversations: Separating facts from stories. We live in strange times where many people can no longer distinguish what is true vs. what is something they believe is true—seeing them as equivalents. How do you have a reasonable conversation … [Read More...]

What to Say When People Break Boundaries

Dear Crucial Skills, I recently built and moved into my dream home. My partner’s daughter has four very unruly children who do not respect my boundaries. How do I have the crucial conversation I need to have, so both my partner and his daughter understand that the children need to be taught to respect others and demonstrate good manners in the … [Read More...]

Advice for the Parents of the Marshmallow Eaters

Dear David, I think many are familiar with the Marshmallow experiment to demonstrate the benefits of delayed rewards. Is there any corollary data that demonstrates that those challenged with delaying rewards (i.e. those who ate the marshmallow) also struggled with avoiding penalties? In other words, do those so inclined ALSO engage in little … [Read More...]

Are Top Leaders Exempt from Using Crucial Conversations Skills?

Dear Crucial Skills, Your book, Crucial Conversations, suggests that we are more effective if we express ourselves “tentatively” and encourage others to challenge our views. But many leaders (Jack Welch, Donald Trump, etc.) are the opposite—forceful and even dogmatic. And yet, they are very successful. I can’t remember either of these men … [Read More...]

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