Touchstones for a New Millennium: The Ground Rules for Working Relationships
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Titel: Touchstones for a New Millennium: The Ground...
Verlag: Windansea Press December 1998, La Jolla, CA
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Our world is composed of thousands, perhaps millions, of cultures-ranging from the cultures of nations and ethnic groups to the cultures of corporations, communities, and individual families. From global to local, our cultures determine what we believe and how we act in relation to each other.
The Touchstones were born in cultures of the workplace, but they work equally well in all interpersonal settings. They are ground rules for working relationships, meaning both ground rules for relationships in the workplace, and ground rules for relationships that work.
Rather than presenting totally new concepts or ephemeral technique, the book takes these eight widely-valued principles and presents them in a new way. The notions embodied in the Touchstones are familiar to everyone-everyone pays lip service to them, and almost everyone takes them for granted. The apparent simplicity of these principles lulls us into believing they are easier to apply than they really are. As a group, the Eight Ground Rules certainly look familiar enough: Be in the Here & Now Be Open Be Honest Listen Be Constructive Be Non-Defensive Speak for Yourself Participate ...but in practice, these deceptively simple notions are a different story. These Ground Rules are simple in name but often complex and tricky in application. They may seem simple because everyone has heard of them, but seething beneath the familiar names of the Ground Rules are all the emotions, conflicts, confrontations, and epiphanies that are the life of relationships in any organization.
One of the major success variables in business is the quality of our relationships. We've heard a lot about fixing the processes of organizations transforming, re-engineering, down-sizing, right-sizing-but while we've been attending to the processes, we've neglected what absolutely must work well if an organization is to succeed: the relationships between its people. When relationships work, the processes stand a better chance of working.
This book is about eight ground rules-the Touchstones-that make the relationships within an organization work.
Most of us travel through life carrying many or all of these basic notions like a pouch of uncut diamonds-we understand that they are diamonds, that they are bright and valuable, but unless we are able to cut the facets, to mount them, to share them, they are only so much carbon.
We live in a time of unprecedented organizational changes where overnight a corporation can adopt an entirely different hierarchy, morph into a flatter structure, tap unexplored energy by empowering more workers, and germinate a new culture based on semi-autonomous teams. In all this explosive change, we've lost sight of a fundamental fact: it is now, as it has been always, people working together that accomplish the most. Mission statements proclaim that "people are our most valuable asset," yet many leaders don't know the best ways to help their people work together. Thisbook provides executives and the people who work for them the tools theyneed to forge substantial relationships and dynamic collaborations.Vom Verlag:
Many aspects of the eight Ground Rules will be familiar to you. The beliefs that guide our relationships today are often based on simple and timeless truths, old paradigms that endure because they are fair, moral, and constructive. Other beliefs, formed in response to social and economic conditions that no longer exist, do not work well today. One purpose of this book is to help you distinguish between the timeless and the outmoded- between what serves you as participants in relationships and organizations and what does not.
The potential applications of the Ground Rules are as diverse as the settings and purposes of relationships. Whenever people come together, from the people on your block to world leaders, using the Ground Rules will lead to the best possible outcome. Here are some of the relationships and organizations where the Ground Rules principles have helped bring success:
Fortune 100 companies, marriages and families, classrooms, university departments, leadership teams, ongoing partnerships (like attorneys, accountants, and musicians), entrepreneurs, government agencies, ad hoc committees, multinational and multicultural organizations, hospital staffs and health care organizations, volunteer service organizations, AIDS coalitions, research and development teams, and interdependent groups where neither has direct authority over the other (like labor unions/management, parents/teachers, product development/marketing, joint ventures, merging companies).
In this book you will find a wide variety of examples that illustrate the Ground Rules, and frequently in these examples you will see yourself and people who are close to you. When such recognition occurs, you may find yourself desiring a change in a relationship that is important to you. Hopefully, in these Touchstones you will discover hints, lessons, clues, or cues that inspire you to long for these changes.
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