Paradigm 4: I Synergize with You This is, obviously, the longest and most important part of the 4-step process towards synergizing. And is, in fact, split into four processes itself. And the question? Create 3rd Alternatives During this part, you and your partner turn the thinking process upside down, creating prototypes, brainstorming new frameworks, and, most importantly, suspending judgment for a while. The trick? Because, after all, they are the ones we see the least.

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Contact The 3rd Alternative — Dr. Stephen R. Even in our conflicted times, now and again we catch a glimpse of the better thing. Covey shows us how to seek that better thing and transcend our deepest disputes. Desmond Tutu In The 3rd Alternative, Stephen Covey urges us to chart a course beyond the suboptimal solutions to all our crises—beyond left and right, and beyond the many false choices in front of us. Covey inspires us to think differently about solving problems than we ever have before. We must set aside our differences, including our boundaries, languages, economics, politics, and cultures and work hand in hand together to create solutions which are greater than the problems we now face.

Muhammad Yunus Dealing with differences — in business, politics, economics, and elsewhere — is fraught with peril. Emotions, misunderstandings, insecurities, and ego can all stand in the way of coming to mutually beneficial agreements or in changing how people perceive a problem or an opportunity.

Covey has carefully developed a model that leaders will find extremely helpful in a world beset by countless conflicts. But I dearly hope you will carefully read and apply every page. Stephen has given us a precious gift — but like most profound ideas, it is the daily, conscious practice that can or will transform your life. Tom Peters Dr. Covey has done it again. A must-read for all future leaders. Jon Huntsman, Sr. In this book, Covey reaches out way beyond his familiar domain, to the universe, and has come up with a social vaccine capable of addressing, if not resolving, the existential agonies and angst that we all face, as individuals and to the organizations and societies that we live and work in.

In this olympiad vault, Covey has written his most ambitious and hopeful book, in my own view, a masterpiece to benefit all of us doing our best to live in peace and justice in this messy world. Seth Godin Once again, Stephen Covey has nailed it. It is an inarguable formula for success in the corporate world and beyond. The deal that was struck will not keep the mountainous deficit from growing. This battle is over, but the war will continue and get worse until our leaders change their thinking.

There is a better way than the constant fighting over compromises that solve nothing. Covey to have him reflect on his worldwide bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, over two decades later. First written in , it has now sold over twenty million copies in 38 languages!

He is the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in countries.


The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems

But such a team must respect rather than repel differences and be devoid of hubris and territorialism, the great enemies of synergy. One of those problems is how to get vaccines to people in developing countries and save millions of lives. Vaccines must be kept cold at all times or they spoil and become useless. Even a few minutes of exposure to warm temperatures can destroy a whole shipment of vaccine; then lives are lost and millions of dollars are wasted. This is easy to avoid in developed countries with refrigeration and stable power supplies; but it is a big problem in developing countries.


The 3rd Alternative

About The Book From the multimillion-copy bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, hailed as the 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century, The 3rd Alternative introduces a breakthrough approach to conflict resolution and creative problem solving. The 3rd Alternative introduces a breakthrough approach to conflict resolution and creative problem solving, transcending traditional solutions to conflict by forging a path toward a third option. A third alternative moves beyond your way or my way to a higher and better way—one that allows both parties to emerge from debate or even heated conflict in a far better place than either had envisioned. With the third alternative, nobody has to give up anything, and everyone wins.

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