Fierce Conversations – SXSW Recap

Session by Susan Scott, Author of Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time
March 10, 2017

This was one of my favorite sessions at SXSW 2017. I will be buying Susan’s new edition of Fierce Conversations when it hits the bookstores May 2. Mark your calendars.

As we continue to see technology accelerate at an exponential pace, the human element remains largely the same. There is no Moore’s Law governing human-to-human interaction, yet many of us invest far too little time here.

As a software developer its easy to obsess over building a resume lined with cutting edge technologies or the latest tech fad. But what about building the relationships around us? How brilliant could we be if we don’t have the emotional capital to share it?

Susan proposes we do this one conversation at a time, where the relationship is the sum of conversations shared or the conversations missed. As Susan points out, “The conversation is the relationship. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives”.

How do we come out from behind ourselves and make ourselves real? Fierce conversations serve one or more of these functions:

  1. Interrogate reality
  2. Provoke learning
  3. Tackle and resolve tough challenges
  4. Enrich relationships

“The person who can describe reality without assigning blame will always emerge the leader”


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