Helping

Helping

How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help

eBook - 2009
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"Helping is a fundamental human activity, but it can also be a frustrating one. All too often, to our bewilderment, our sincere offers of help are resented, resisted, or refused - and we often react the same way when people try to help us. Why is it so difficult to provide or accept help? How can we make the whole process easier?" "In this seminal book on the topic, corporate culture and organizational development guru Ed Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to all types of helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful, and shows what any would be helpers must do to ensure that their assistance is both welcomed and genuinely useful." "The moment of asking for and offering help is a delicate and complex one, fraught with inequities and ambiguities. Schein helps us navigate that moment so we avoid potential pitfalls, mitigate power imbalances, and establish a solid foundation of trust. He identifies three roles a helper can play, explaining which one is nearly always the best starting point if we are to provide truly effective help. So that readers can determine exactly what kind of help is needed, he describes an inquiry process that puts the helper and the recipient on an equal footing. These dynamics not only apply to all kinds of one-on-one helping in personal and professional relationships, teaching, social work, and medicine but also can be applied to teamwork and to organizational leadership." "Using examples from many types of relationships - doctors and patients, consultants and clients, husbands and wives - Ed Schein offers a concise, definitive analysis of what it takes to establish successful, mutually satisfying helping relationships."--Jacket.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler, ©2009
ISBN: 9781576758724
1576758729
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 167 pages)

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iamirak
Jan 02, 2016

Excellent book for anyone who coaches, consults, facilitates, and wishes to become more aware of (and better) at helping. Well-written, with examples from everyday life. More accessible than his 1998 "Building the helping relationship".

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