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Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Third Edition

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Peter Block

Narrated By: Erik Synnestvedt

Publisher: Gildan Media

Date: January 2012

Duration: 9 hours 5 minutes

Summary:

When the landmark best-seller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the "consultant's bible." With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants.

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Peter Block's groundbreaking book explores the latest thinking on consultation. It includes new insights about how we can organize our consulting around discovering the strengths, positive examples, and gifts of the client organization or community. The book remains a practical and specific guide for anyone who needs to develop a capacity for deeper relatedness and partnership-which means it is for all who wish to make a real difference in the world.

This new edition covers the consulting challenges that have arisen from the way we routinely communicate electronically and live in the virtual world. Block suggests ways to overcome the distancing and isolating effects inherent in electronic connects. The book also includes practical guidance on how to ask better questions, gives suggestions for dealing with difficult clients, and contains expanded guidelines on more engaging forms of implementation.

Flawless Consulting includes two new examples, taken from health care and educational reform efforts, to show how consulting skills can be useful (and often transformative) in a broader context. These illustrative examples point the way for achieving changes for leadership in business, government, religion, human services, and more.
Like the first two editions, Flawless Consulting affirms the notion that authentic behavior and personal relationships are the key to technical and business success. By demonstrating their ability to be truly authentic at each step in the process, consultants can aim toward creating workplaces that are more collaborative and ultimately more successful.

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  • Andre Z.

    This audiobook is a paradox. This book is absolutely the best book that I have read (listened to) in a very long while. The content is relevant and helpful. Peter does an excellent job describing consulting contexts and challenges for all to grasp and learn. The wordsmithing is exquisitely well crafted. On the other hand, the narration of this audiobook is equally but oppositely horrible. The narrator's cadence, tone, and delivery tics are very unsettling, even maddening. The whole content is delivered in short staccato-like bursts with trailing "smug-like" slurring at the end of each statements. It's very disconcerting. I would have thought a professional reader would have gotten feedback from various publisher or peers along the way in his career to correct these very unpleasant vocal habits. Seeing how much work was put in this book to represent 'flawlessness", I am perplexed on how Peter or his publisher chose this narrator for this book. I mean, the struggle to listen was such that, at times, I had to stop because my stomach was in a churn. If you can get past the narrator's vocal spasms, as I struggled to do for 9 hours, the book (audiobook) itself is truly a "go-to" reference guide.

Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Third Edition

by Peter Block

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