ATD-OC Book Club: "Hostage at the Table"

  • 09/23/2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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During this time of Stay at Home, we are repeating book clubs of the past. If you were with us before, join in again. If you missed us the first time, this is your second chance. Even if you only read the "cliff notes" or one chapter of the book, join us for a great online discussion. 

The ATD-OC Book Club is open to non-members too! It’s a great way to learn more about ATD-OC and our wonderful members.

What is our agenda?

Some come to talk, some to listen, all to experience the moment.
  • 10 – 30 minutes: Greetings and self-introductions
    • (exact time and format depend on number attending)
  • 30 – 45 minutes: Discussion on three questions
    • What learning point matters to you most from the book?
    • Where does the lesson apply in your current life?
    • What is one action you will take as a result?
  • 10 – 30 minutes: Discussion on next steps

A little about the book…

Conflict is part of human behavior that stems from a basic fight-or-flight instinct. Unfortunately, conflict is something many avoid at all costs and this leads to negative emotions that derail manager, leaders, and organizations. By applying proven techniques and psychological insights used in hostage negotiations in business successfully resolve conflict, problems, build relationships, and create healthy environments at home and work.

An excerpt from the book:

The feeling of being held hostage is particularly apparent in interpersonal relationships when power, authority, or position are abused or unduly feared…

Conflict is everywhere around us – in our personal lives, in our professional lives, and in the world at large. This is a reality. The good news is that we can learn to manage it so that the idea of conflict has positive rather than negative connotation.

George Kohlrieser is an organizational and clinical psychologist. He is professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and a consultant to global organizations around the world.


Q: What if I didn’t read the book or only read part of it?
A: Join in anyway. We can be your live version of "CliffsNotes®" for learning.

Q: Where do I get a copy of the book?
A: You can order your book on

Q: Why join a book club discussion?
A: Read what
 John Coleman wrote in HBR.

This meeting is open to members and non-members of ATD-OC. There is no fee for this program. Registration is limited to 42.

This book club session is lead by Jeffrey Hansler

Jeffrey Hansler, CSP is an expert at organizational development, leadership, and persuasive communication which includes skills of influence, negotiation, sales, body language, micro-expressions, finance and authority. He may be reached at or 714-225-7461

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