If I see only the mental map of 1st Alternative—my own map—then the only way out is to persuade you to shift your paradigm or even force you to accept my alternative: I must win and you must lose. If, on the other hand, I throw away my map and follow yours—the 2nd Alternative—I face the same problem: You might win, but I could lose. We could combine maps, and that helps. Maybe we can come up with a better solution than either one of us has in mind. That solution is known as: The 3rd Alternative.
"In his new book, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems, Stephen Covey, cofounder of Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC), with Breck England, chief writer, Franklin Covey, turns his formidable insight to creative problem solving, presenting a powerful new way to resolve professional and personal conflicts and create innovative solutions to great challenges in society." Business Wire
"You get to the 3rd Alternative through synergy, which happens when the talents of two or more people add up to more than the sum of the parts. Synergy starts when I go to a person I differ with and say, “You see things differently." Forbes
"In my new book The 3rd Alternative, I tell many remarkable stories of people who have found higher and better solutions to old problems, who break the weary cycle of 2-Alternative thinking, and transform the future. I'd be excited to hear your stories too; please let me know." Huffington Post
"The 3rd Alternative, Stephen Covey’s last book—actually published in the very year of his death—is perhaps more than this great man could give. It is more, much more than a ‘business’ book, as the vision of leadership it teaches and embodies surpasses by far the realm of business." Bliss Views
"In The 3rd Alternative, Dr Covey describes a new way to resolve professional and personal difficulties and create solutions. In a conflict, the 1st Alternative is my way and the 2nd Alternative is your way." Asias Success
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