The 3rd Alternative

The 3rd Alternative

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Covey, Stephen R. Free Press, 2011
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In The 3rd Alternative, Stephen R. Covey introduces a new way to resolve professional and personal conflicts and create innovative solutions. His approach avoids compromise, which involves at least some loss to each disputant, and focuses instead on attaining synergy to transform the conflict into a joint exploration for a highly positive solution. Covey begins with an extensive description of the concept of the 3rd Alternative and of the four-step process of attaining the synergy that will lead to it. He then relates how this approach can be applied to resolve conflicts in various settings, such as home, work, school, courts, society, and the world at large. He emphasizes the importance of self-understanding as a basis for understanding others, the ability to reach out sincerely to antagonists to engage in meaningful dialog, and the need to use creativity and innovation in crafting mutually rewarding solutions.