“Stewart has distilled the best of the contracts process, then stretched it, deepened it, broadened it. I can imagine that, because of this book, many artists and lovers and business people, etc. will take time to ponder such questions as “What do we want to create? What do we need from each other to make that happen?” When they do so, they will find that The Book of Agreement offers wise counsel on how to craft agreements that come from the heart, the soul and the best minds of all parties. As they fulfill their agreements, they will spread a lot more peace and joy in the world. A world where people live and work from a base of vision and mutual respect. That’s the kind of world I want to live in, and this book goes a long way towards making that happen. Thank you, Stewart Levine.”
Pat Sullivan, Paralegal
Principal, Visionary Resources; Author, Work with Meaning, Work with Joy: How to Bring Your Spirit to Any Job; former columnist San Francisco Chronicle Business Section
“The day after I read Stewart Levine’s The Book of Agreement, I was able to put his principles and prescriptions to the test. They worked for me, and I know they’ll work for you! Levine’s approach is so straightforward and so sound that you just can’t miss. It was like a whack on the side of the head when I read Levine’s simply profound and sensible notion that we’d all benefit from embracing the idea of creating agreements for results instead of negotiating agreements for protection. Putting that concept into practice in all our relationships is what this book is about, and the pages are full of very explicit advice on how to do it. My prediction is that you’ll be consulting The Book of Agreement before engaging in any new negotiation, and you’ll be very glad that you did. In fact, I bet you have one tomorrow, so what are you waiting for? Buy this book right now!”
James M. Kouzes
Co-author of “The Leadership Challenge and of Encouraging the Heart”, Chairman Emeritus, Tom Peters Company
“Stewart Levine has managed to bring his years of considerable experience plus his wit, charm, and clarity to a book that will enable the reader to come to true agreement. While this book is useful to anyone, it can be especially helpful to the business leader and the world leader. Bravo.”
Author, “The Path of Least Resistance, Creating, and The Path of Least Resistance for Managers”
“Stewart’s book reminds us how agreements pervade every aspect of our life, and provides the reader with a clear roadmap to more effective agreement making. After practicing law for 25 years, both as a trial lawyer and a General Counsel, I never imagined that a book about agreements could be such a refreshing and enjoyable read! I recommend this book to all lawyers seriously interested in obtaining greater insight and understanding of how to turn conflict into agreement.”
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, State Bar of Texas; and former Chair, Law Practice Management Section American Bar Association
“In this wise and humane book, Stewart Levine makes it clear once and for all that our standard approaches to building agreements must change. More than that, he provides the tools — both philosophical and practical — for individuals and institutions to transform their approaches and in so doing build a better world.”
Assistant Managing Editor, American Bar Association Journal; Author, “Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life”
“Stewart’s book helps readers tosize up each opportunity to reach an agreement and maximizes the chances that each new agreement will culminate in mutually satisfying results. If you’re trying to double the number of agreements you reach, and double the outcome from those agreements, Stewart’s BOOK OF AGREEMENT is an invaluable guide.”
Editor, Management General
“This handy guide is a must-have for any working person’s shelf. Whether moving to agreement in the office or in the home, the notion of getting advice from someone who has “been there” and “done that” is a gift. To be successful in any organization requires agility and ability in the practice of agreement. Stewart Levine explains the art and the science of this elusive word beautifully. Readers will quickly be able to apply his ideas, suggestions, and experience to their lives. He maps the confusing and difficult territory of agreement so that all of us can make this difficult process easier. Thank you Stewart, I wish I had this sooner!”
Co-Author of “Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay” and author, “Up is Not The Only Way”. Founder, President, Career Systems International
“The Book of Agreement contains all the models you’ll ever need to protect questionable relationships and nurture strong relationships. It puts some iron in the handshake.”
Alan Weiss, PhD.
Author, “The Ultimate Consultant”
“Stewart Levine has given us all a gift. This book will re-shape our relationships in profound ways, the result of which will be performance and joy. He show’s us a new paradigm for developing clear and satisfying relationships and purpose. This book moves collaboration to new levels of understanding. Can we eliminate misunderstanding and conflict? Maybe not entirely, but this book comes as close to showing a way as never before. “
Peter B. Grazier
President, Teambuildinginc.com, Author, “Before it’s Too Late and Power Up For Team Results”
“What do Walt Whitman, Lao Tzu, the Viking Runes and Bernard Baruch have in common? They are all part of Stewart Levine’s innovative Book of Agreement. Most books on legal subjects are efficient, dry and erudite. Stewart’s book uses the heart to inform the mind. What results is an enduring work that teaches a common sense process for reaching sustainable agreements in our business lives and personal relationships.”
George Kaufman, Esq.
“The Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work” and Vice Chair, Omega Institute, formerly of counsel, Arnold & Porter
“Agreements that serve everyone well help us to create a cooperative civilization — one that can creatively include competition and conflict, as well as love and community, even among strangers. Stewart Levine provides some sensible tools here to build that civilization together, piece by piece, as the need arises in our own lives and work.”
founder of The Co-Intelligence Institute
“I have an attention span measured in minus quantities and an abhorrence of detail. With a history like that it is small wonder that misunderstanding is not uncommon in my relationships, personal and professional. Stewart Levine where have you been all my life? And why did it take you so long to write The Book of Agreement ? But now that you have — Thanks! I can’t promise to reform my errant ways, but now at least I will understand how I got there, and what might be done in terms of extrication. And I think all other similarly challenged individuals will find the book a God-send. Try it.”
author, “Open Space Technology, A User’s Guide; Expanding Our Now: The Story of Open Space Technology” and “Power of Spirit: How Organizations Transform”
“Jean Paul Sartre once wrote, ‘Hell is other people.’ Many of us who have difficult coworkers and bosses would certainly agree! So, must we simply resign ourselves to conflict as a natural part of humans living and working together? Now more than ever, we need to learn how to work toward agreement, rather than let conflict tear us apart. Stewart Levine’s new book is an important step in the right direction. “
BJ Gallagher Hateley
coauthor of “What Would Buddha Do at Work?” and “A Peacock in the Land of Penguins”
“It is the unmet, unvoiced expectations that lead to conflict and disappointment. This model outlines a way to discuss and articulate our expectations clearly, to listen to the expectations that others have for us, and to reach agreement on the roles, promises, benchmarks, and procedures that must follow. Using his approach minimize disappointment, maximizes cooperation, and leads to desired outcome. The process of creating this kind of agreement can deepen relationships, strengthen commitment to goals, and nurture the spirit of cooperation and partnership. These are simple and powerful tools all children should learn.”
D’Arcy Lyness, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist; Adjunct Professor, Saint Josephs University
“Stewart Levine provides very useful tools for lawyers and clients who want to prevent and manage FUTURE conflicts by addressing PRESENT differences. His models will help people forming new collaborations deal more effectively with differences of perspective, and the many unknowns of a partnership, so that they can work together to create a stronger partnership, prevent hostility, and better manage conflicts that surface.”
Frederick Hertz, Esq.
Attorney, Mediator, Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, author Legal Affairs
“Once again, Stewart Levine is on the cutting edge. The Book of Agreement reflects the trend in the law that shifts the focus away from the past and fear of what may go wrong to a new framework of generating futures with contracts that actually create and sustain relationships. Stewart doesn’t just talk about this new approach, he illustrates it. Lawyers will find this a how-to manual for practicing law in the new paradigm. Non-lawyers will find it a breath of fresh air that inspires them to put their visions on paper–not just for their business deals but for every relationship in their lives! Imagine, for example, having a contract with your spouse that creates the vision and structures for your life together! How about a contract with your parents that designs a new future? In this new paradigm, contracts are wonderful tools for communication and expression. The Book of Agreement shows how to build a foundation of integrity in all areas of our lives and work.”
J. Kim Wright, Esq.
President and Founder of Renaissance Lawyer Society
“If you crave a peaceful future free of lawyers…listen to this one and save yourself the headaches of litigation. Living by the principles Stewart Levine presents in this book is like having a map in a minefield. Not only does Stewart describe a way to avoid messy conflict and disagreements, he takes us by the hand and walks us through it. If only I’d had this book before I renovated the kitchen!”
Author of “Territorial Games, A Safe Place for Dangerous Truth” and “The Story Factor”
“Stewart Levine delivers on his agreement with the reader to provide a powerful vision and practical tools that turn potential business and personal conflicts into collaborative partnerships.”
Nina B. Link
CEO, Magazine Publishers Association of America
Years of experience inform this thought-provoking book. It brought to mind many experiences in which I succeeded or failed. Now, I know why! This book combines lofty aspiration with on-the-ground application. It speaks to your ideals and your practicality. Stewart describes the agreements we aspire to, tells you how to avoid the calamities you fear, and how to get the results you want.
Consultant and Author of “Getting Things Done When You Are Not in Charge”