How to Transform Trust, Engagement and Performance at Work
Nick Cowley, Nigel Purse, Lynn Allison
5 Conversations will help the reader to dramatically improve trust, relationships, motivation and performance at work, build a better business by developing successful relationships and engage their personnel.
- 224 Pages
- 13 October 2014
- ISBN: 9781909623712
Research shows that successful businesses are those where employees are really engaged - how do they achieve this? Complex organisation initiatives or something more personal? In today's world of work, with all its jargon, processes, KPIs and technology, we have forgotten a simple truth: the power of authentic, two-way, human conversations to build relationships, trust, and engagement. This book comes from 30 years of learning from world-class organisations, tried and tested leadership coaching techniques and emergent thinking on neuroscience and employee behaviour. The result is a simple guide to why, when and how to hold five critical conversations with people you manage, which - with a little courage and authenticity - have been proven to dramatically improve trust, relationships, motivation and performance at work. Try them!
This is a crucial and absolutely practical book. It understands the nature of how vital the attachment emotion of trust is in organisations, without which no leader can engage the energies of the best people pulling in the same direction.
The saying goes “you come into the world alone, you leave this world alone”, but in between, 5 Conversations can help you build great relationships in work and life.
If you are genuinely interested in creating a more engaged workforce, this book is a must-read. 5 conversations is chock-full of pragmatic examples that both inform and instruct.
For too long we have compartmentalised our work relationships and ignored our basic humanity in the workplace – this book has reminded us of the importance of these relationships and the conversations that develop them.
Highly readable, practical and relevant for public and private sectors alike, 5 Conversations draws us back to the origins of communication and teaches us of the simple power of honest and authentic conversations for driving organisational engagement and performance. Read this book, and never fear a sabre-toothed tiger again.
You would struggle to find conversations that are more important than those that are so expertly explored in this book. 5 Conversations offers a powerful and practical set of strategies for getting to the heart of workplace performance.
5 Conversations demonstrates not only the power that quality conversations can have in the professional workspace for leaders, peers and employees alike – but also how much personal confidence and satisfaction can be gained from the art of good conversation – something that can be easily lost in our era of mobile, email and internet.
Who said that the art of conversation is dead? This excellent book explains the value of building trusting relationships in order to forge genuine engagement within an organisation.
This book is a great idea. It is the first time I’ve seen very simple and so powerful things said about management: talking about “simply being human” or about “courage” and “curiosity about others”, which brings us back to what management really is: interaction between human beings! Something that most managers have a tendency to forget!
Much of this book really resonates with how we operate – leadership is THE key enabler for success. This book is a practical guide for leaders in how they can evolve and develop the skills and approaches necessary for personal and organisational success.
The best is always simple – here are THE 5 conversations we all need to be having at work and probably also at home!
This book takes the power of conversations to new possibilities and it offers valuable and practical tools, ideas and illuminating examples.
A conversation is an investment in someone’s time so why wouldn’t you take time to learn how to make the most of that investment? The beauty of this book is, it takes an everyday activity and with a few simple tricks suddenly turns that activity into a powerful motivational tool and it has tips that can be applied in writing as well.