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I Don’t Agree

Why we can’t stop fighting – and how to get great stuff done despite our differences

By Michael Brown

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I Don’t Agree

Why we can’t stop fighting – and how to get great stuff done despite our differences

By Michael Brown

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Did you know you’re likely to have had over 89,000 heated altercations with your closest relations before you reached the age of eight?

By age 16, thousands more hours will have been spent by most of us in some form of disagreement with those in our extended social networks.

As a species, we’re well practised at falling out with each other. We may even have a gene for it – certainly, some of us seem to be gifted.

When it comes to finding resolutions, however, things don’t come quite so naturally: as much as 90% of all inter-personal conflicts never reach agreement.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

I Don’t Agree is a fascinating exploration of new, powerful and surprising solutions to an ancient problem: why we disagree so much. It shows how to sidestep our animosities and get great things done, despite our differences.

Underpinned by cutting-edge research and academic thinking (as well as fascinating real-life case studies and easy-to-use tools), author and marketeer Michael Brown reveals the eye-opening secrets that can lead to better leadership, stronger teams, swifter promotions, more effective collaboration, better organisational culture – as well as radically improving your life outside of work.

About the author

Michael Brown is a business founder, a long-term managing director, part of the leadership group of an organisation of over 4,000 people, and a social enterprise pioneer – helping to create, launch and lead what is thought to be the world’s first mental health drop-in centre inside a soup kitchen. Michael’s interest in the psychology of conflict and compromise arose after spectacularly falling out with his fellow shareholders in a business he led for a decade. The lessons he learned positively informed the culture of his next venture, now an international marketing organisation, and gave rise to I Don’t Agree.

Reviews

“In an age where rage is all the rage, here’s a manual for how we can agree to disagree and move forward. A pacey read written with hope, heart and a very welcome sense of humour.”

Victoria Harper, Features Director, The Daily Telegraph

“Well researched, empathic and urgent. If the title makes you nervous, you probably need to read the book. Michael Brown wants to help us learn to listen so we can figure out how to move forward.”

Seth Godin, Author, This is Marketing

“This book has the potential to change the way we think about conflict – from coaching children to solve the smallest niggles to negotiating compromises that keep the peace. A practical and down-to-earth guide to getting over ourselves.”

Jules Chappell OBE CEO at HUMAN London & Partners Former ambassador to Guatemala, conflict advisor to the British Embassy in Addis Ababa, Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and special advisor for women’s rights to the Coalition Governance Team in Baghdad (2003–04)

“In an age where rage is all the rage, here’s a manual for how we can agree to disagree and move forward. A pacey read written with hope, heart and a very welcome sense of humour.”

Victoria Harper, Features Editor, The Daily Telegraph
Published: 01/07/2020
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857197658
ebook - ISBN 9780857197665
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