Communicate with Courage

Taking Risks to Overcome the Four Hidden Challenges

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
176 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2023
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Author Biography

Michelle Gladieux is author of Communicate with Courage: Taking Risks to Overcome the Four Hidden Challenges and President of Gladieux Consulting, a Midwest team known for top-notch seminars in communication and leadership topics around the U.S.

She provides executive coaching and facilitates strategic planning for clients in industry, government, at non-profits, and in academia. She has 18 years of collegiate teaching experience at three universities in her home state of Indiana, accepting her first adjunct faculty position at age 23.

She's worked as a Corporate Human Resources and Training Director in the cold storage, robotics, and construction industries and enjoys visiting conferences as a presenter. She's served on several boards including the National Public Radio affiliate in her hometown for more than a dozen years. Michelle has mentored thousands and her positive effect on those she advises is evident even after just one interaction. Readers are delighted that she's finally documented some of her best tips ("Pro Moves") in Communicate with Courage.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

In her eye-opening work, Communicate with Courage: Taking Risks to Overcome the Four Hidden Challenges, Michelle D Gladieux encourages us to take intelligent communication risks and grow as communicators. In her narrative, courage refers to the ability to face and address dysfunctional elements of communication in oneself and those we interact with. Analyzing risk relates to evaluating the professional and personal costs involved in communication, choosing whether to deliver a message, and considering how to deliver it. For one to grow and become an effective communicator, Gladieux asserts we have to be aware and ready to address four hidden challenges, which include hiding from risk, defining to be right, which involves acting on the bias, rationalizing the negative, which includes shielding oneself from the advantages and disadvantages of communication and, settling for just good enough in communication.

Communicate with Courage includes helpful communication strategies in each chapter that can be utilized professionally and personally. The exercises are specific and straightforward and guide us on how to act on the advice included. I loved that the content is written for different people with different personalities, and considers our various ways of communicating. It explores the hidden challenges of informative communication with thoughtful and enlightening anecdotes. The discussions are timely, especially in today’s world marked by strife and conflict, and will be helpful to anyone regardless of how effective they are in communicating. Communicate with Courage by Michelle D Gladieux is an important work that delivers actionable and valuable strategies and tools for developing your communication skills. It will be helpful to anyone regardless of one's professional or personal background. Highly recommended.