How to Disagree

Lessons on Productive Conflict at Work and Home

How to Disagree
Ian Leslie
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A THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARBringing valuable lessons from the cutting edge of communication science, How to Disagree does for our verbal communication what Thinking Fast and Slow did for our inner decision-making. ' One of my favourite writers . . . Beautifully argued, desperately needed. ' MALCOLM GLADWELL' Invaluable. The world will be a better place if everyone reads this book. ' PHILPPA PERRY' A cool bath of sanity in a world of frenzied hot takes. ' HELEN LEWIS' Perspective-shifting in important ways. ' OLIVER BURKEMANWhat is the secret of happy relationships? How do companies build collaborative cultures? What lies behind some of the greatest scientific and creative breakthroughs? The surprising answer is: conflict. Whether it' s at work, at home or in public, confronting our differences is the only way to make the most out of them. How to Disagree is about how to do that successfully. Drawing on essential lessons from world-class experts on how to disagree well and combining them with inspiring stories of productive disagreements from science, technology and the arts, Ian Leslie reveals how we can reap the benefits of diverse viewpoints in an era that feels more divided than ever. ' I nodded and underlined my way through the book' s nearly 300 pages of eloquent, thoughtful advice . . . If you want to argue better, Leslie' s manual will be invaluable. ' THE TIMES' Leslie has a way of bringing fresh perspectives and telling anecdotes to obdurate subjects. Here he talks to everyone from hostage negotiators to divorce lawyers to show how conflict has driven successful companies and technological advances, and to offer ways to harness it in daily life. ' NEW STATESMAN***How to Disagree was previously published in 2021 under the title Conflicted.
Ian Leslie is a journalist and author of two acclaimed books on human behaviour, Born Liars, and Curious. His first career was in advertising, where he worked as a strategist for some of the world' s biggest brands at ad agencies in London and New York. He now counsels business leaders on communication and writes about psychology, technology, politics and business for the New Statesman, Economist, Guardian and the Financial Times. He is the co-host of a podcast series called Polarised, on the way we do politics today. Ian is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He lives in London with his wife and two young children. @mrianleslie