Category: Communication

We long for politicians who give us the straight story. Who tell us what is really happening, what is really being done, and where they really are trying to take our country. We want leaders who don’t beat around the bush, who confront difficult situations head-on, and who either aren’t afraid to deal with awkwardness, or who charge through it despite their fears. In short, we wish for leaders who communicate truthfully and effectively. Being truthful is the easy part. It’s a choice. Communicating effectively is more of a skill, and that’s where these books can help.

  1. On Writing by Stephen King Review Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King’s On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew … Continue reading

  2. Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

    General Description Psychiatrist Cline and educator Fay’s “Love and Logic” parenting method advocates raising responsible children through practice. “Helicopter” parents hover around their children while “drill sergeant” parents give orders to theirs, they claim. Neither of these styles permits children … Continue reading

  3. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

    General Description (from Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and … Continue reading

  4. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson

    General Description (from “Crucial” conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, … Continue reading