The Book: Overview
With this ebook, you can become your own personal coach and improve the quality of your conversations, your relationships, and your results. We’ve included ideas, information, assignments, assessments, and other tools that, when applied with regularity and gusto, will shape your results in all aspects of your life.
Our mission is to help you have more powerful conversations—all conversations, whether with yourself or with others, big or small, long or short, easy or uncomfortable—so that you evoke brilliance in yourself and others.
To inspire others and evoke extraordinary commitment, trust, and results, you must first upgrade your conversations from good to brilliant.
Likely outcomes from good and (upgraded) brilliant conversations:
We think that your time and energy is too valuable to focus on conducting simply good conversations. We suspect that you also have high aspirations for yourself.
Use the ideas, quotes, assessments, assignments, and tools in this book to take a coaching approach to your life and reap the rewards.
“Conversations for Brilliance is a powerful tool for managers at all levels who want to challenge and inspire their employees, as well as themselves, toward achieving ever improving performance.”
- JAY S. BENET, VICE CHAIRMAN AND CFO, The Travelers Companies, Inc
The Book: Contents
Here’s a sample of the rich territory covered in Conversations for Brilliance:
The Book: Testimonials
“It’s been said that the quality of our lives is determined by the quality of the questions we ask ourselves and others who are central to our success and happiness and, of course, the quality of our answers to those questions. Those who thoughtfully answer the provocative questions posed in Brilliance will have insights galore, plus a wealth of recommendations from which to choose as they step onto a more effective and compelling path. What a great resource!”
- SUSAN SCOTT, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF Fierce Conversations, Achieving Success at Work & in Life – One Conversation at a Time and Fierce Leadership, A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today
“Reaching for our potential is in our DNA; we’re each born with an innate desire to discover all the brilliance that lies within us. In Conversations for Brilliance, Denise and Heather provide a guide, a wealth of tools, and practical advice to enrich the journey of discovery. This book is a resource you will find yourself going back to again and again as you navigate the most important relationships in your life.”
- KIRSTEN WOLBERG, CIO salesforce.com
“We would all like to think we are instinctive, natural leaders, and some of us are, but only fools are always confident, believe they are always listening and always right. Conversations for Brilliance is a great tool for self reflection that can help you help them, and help yourself.”
- WAYNE A. WALKER, GENERAL SALES MANAGER, Entercom Broadcasting
“Conversations for Brilliance is a powerful tool for managers at all levels who want to challenge and inspire their employees, as well as themselves, toward achieving ever improving performance. I found the chapters that focused on effective listening, providing coaching and advice, improving team dynamics and thriving in turbulent times to be both highly insightful and practical. A good book to keep close by for easy reference.”
- JAY S. BENET, VICE CHAIRMAN AND CFO, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
“In Conversations for Brilliance, Denise and Heather succeed in communicating profound and complex leadership concepts in an accessible manner. I recommend this book for good, introspective managers looking for advice on how to grow people—advice that goes beyond the simple management or coaching how-to’s they can find elsewhere.”
- MARIA V. WAYNE, Ph.D. AND SENIOR DIRECTOR, GLOBAL LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT, Seagate Technology
“Conversations for Brilliance is a wonderful approach and tool for gaining a better understating of ourselves, the situations we chose to put ourselves in, and specifically, how to move toward a balanced and holistic quality of life. A great book for developing overall team cohesiveness and team-building—not to mention a great assistant for keeping sane while managing a difficult change process! A useful ready reckoner on leadership, best kept close at hand.”
- MICHAEL KLUCZKO, SVP, Regional Supply North America, Fosters Group
“Real, sensible, and immediately helpful coaching for personal and professional development. Everyone has a chance to be a leader; Conversations for Brilliance provides the means to prepare”
- SANDRA LOGGINS Director, Human Resources National Functions Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
“As a technology executive who has spent his career leading diverse organizations of varying sizes, I have often been challenged to find the right tools to motivate, mentor, and mature key talent. Conversations for Brilliance is tremendously attractive: it is straightforward, intuitive, and easy to implement and it provides a language for discussions that are often hard to initiate. It contains great content backed by years of real-life experience.”
- JIM BURKE, retired CIO