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The Book Leads: Joe Weston & His Book, Mastering Respectful Confrontation: A Guide to Personal Freedom and Empower, Collaborative Engagement

With a career spanning 30+ years in the fields of conflict prevention, leadership, stress management, and communication, the wisdom Joe shares in this conversation and through his books seems to be more timely (and deeply needed) these days than ever. Having first started out as an actor — and then teaching his method — and specializing in communication, Joe has been drawn to the power of connection and understanding that can lead us as a species to either become more cohesive and connected or fall to disconnection and distrust.

Before looking to the outside world and either saying our needs aren’t being met or believing another’s needs are not as important as our own, we need to look inward, into our hearts, to see what this life should be all about. Do we want to allow it all to fall apart around us, or take responsibility and contribute as much as we can — no matter how little or how much — to creating ripple effects of support, concern, and community?

Conversation Highlights • “Unfortunately, the planet is filled with an enormous amount of information gatherers who haven’t learned very much.” • The problems in our world are complicated. The solutions are simple. But implementation is hard work. • The dangers of Chronic Niceness • The Power of Assertiveness vs. The Pitfall of Aggression • How does Joe’s work help you get physical vitality, emotional stability, mental clarity, and spiritual grounding The MAIN QUESTION underlying my conversation with Joe is, How do you balance understanding who you really are and what you need/want with your responsibility in what the world needs?

MENTIONED OR APPLICABLE BOOKS • Joe Weston – Fierce Civility: Transforming our Global Culture from Polarization to Lasting Peace by • Joe Weston is an international thought leader, facilitator, author, lecturer, consultant, coach, professor, and—above all else—an advocate for lasting peace. With a career spanning 30+ years in the fields of conflict prevention, leadership, stress management, and communication, he is a highly sought-after facilitator for individuals, as well as corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits around the world.

As founder and owner of the Weston Network based in Washington, D.C., Joe Weston and his international team provide training, consulting, and coaching based on his methodology, called Respectful Confrontation®. Through a network of 30+ certified facilitators and even more allies and collaborators in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, people from all walks of life have greatly benefited from Joe’s highly effective methodology—from corporate innovators and entrepreneurs, government agencies, INGOs, educators, healthcare workers, parents, and young adults.

Joe Weston has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Department of Government, Program of Conflict Resolution. In 2020, Joe founded the Fierce Civility Project, a nonprofit that further carries out the Weston Network’s programs and message across all sectors by helping others reclaim and reframe the concept of civility for the 21st century, activate deeper levels of civic engagement and respectful civil discourse, and break the gridlock caused by extreme polarization—resulting in a renewed sense of self in these unique and challenging times.

Joe is a prolific writer and the author of two groundbreaking books – Mastering Respectful Confrontation: A Guide to Personal Freedom and Empowered, Collaborative Engagement & Fierce Civility: Transforming Our Global Culture From Polarization to Lasting Peace. His popular advice column, “Ask Joe,” in the U.S.-based online magazine, The Fulcrum, reaches more than one million readers per month.

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