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3rd Party Critique

“Establishing a culture that promotes high performance through openness and honesty definitely requires courage, time and energy. It is worth the effort. Such a culture returns great benefits in profit, productivity, employee morale and customer satisfaction.” –The Brutus Dilemma (page 118)

Anyone who has read our blog, seen our website, or talked with us knows that we have a book in the works. The idea for creating this book has been rolling around in Tory and Doug’s minds for years. They had many scholarly discussions about 3rd Party Critique and the effect on organizations. As these scholarly discussions developed over time, they realized that the problem of 3rd Party Critique has no limits, it exists in all companies, between almost all employees at one time or another and is destructive to productivity. Think about it.

If you cannot approach your boss with a simple issue, how will you approach your boss about a serious, impactful problem? If you fail to approach your boss, what are the repercussions?  Similarly, as the boss, do you approach your employees? Failing to address issues with those lower than you on the corporate ladder is daunting. Failing to approach them stifles ideas, lowers productivity and limits the success of your organization.

We have asked several executives to read it and provide us with feedback. We talk A LOT about analytic feedback in the book. You should ask for it, you should provide it, you should learn how to use it. These three simple steps (ask, provide, apply) will change you and your organization. How? Let’s use the book as an example.

We asked a few trusted executives to provide us with analytic feedback at various stages of book writing. These executives had been clients of ours at various times and were acutely aware of our belief in providing valuable feedback. Each relayed an opinion concerning the text, layout, content and/or voice of the book. We listened, processed and applied their analytic feedback to the book. By doing this, free of concern regarding their intention, we produced a book that is dramatically different from the current business books, a book that talks to the audience as an intelligent, willing student. A book that focuses on the interactions between individuals, liberating the reader/student to reach full potential themselves and help those around them do the same.

Now, we would prefer you to judge for yourself. Download a chapter of the book and give us your feedback.  “Analytic Feedback is one of the most powerful tools for bringing about change,” The Brutus Dilemma (page 183). And we want you to practice. Start with us!

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