Book Brief: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen 2000, Penguin Books The Idea The hardest conversations are typically the most important ones (and the easiest to screw up). Thankfully, three smart souls from the Harvard Negotiation project have hooked us up with this gem, a book that helps us navigate the challenging meta-conversations that underlie any hairy discussion and become better communicators. Recommended For Anyone who’s ever felt misunderstood. Anyone who’s ever had difficulty communicating, personally or professionally. Anyone who’s wanted to better understand themselves or other people. (At this point, I […]

How They Did It: David Plotz of Atlas Obscura

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Welcome to How They Did It: the podcast that gets you the real story behind the success. Host Darbi Worley interviews extraordinary people about this thing called life and how to do it better.   Feeling stuck in your career?  This one’s for you. Darbi gets on the horn with David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest. Thanks to Girls Like Bass for our theme music! Get their latest album Pleasure Mystic Futuristic on iTunes and everywhere digital music is downloaded. Next episode: Jamal Smith (Hillary for America, Equinox) Follow Darbi at @darbiw or  Interested in paying her […]

Dave Mowers on the Relationship Between Life Goals, Career Stages, and the Creative Pursuit

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After 20 years working as a director in theater, television and film, Dave Mowers re-trained himself to be a coach, teacher, and psychotherapist.  The common thread?  He focuses on narrative as a way to organize information, experience, and emotion. Currently, Dave brings his depth of insight to the role of Director of Strategy for Carbone Smolan Agency, a privately-owned branding and design firm that’s been helping brands use design as a differentiator for over 35 years. You’ve worked with creative professionals from media to entertainment as a coach, trainer, and strategic advisor. What are the main priorities that emerge when […]