Time to Dialogue

Nilsson, Warren Paddock, Tana

Discussion, debate, negotiation, and information exchange are the most common forms of communication in organizations, and although helpful in many ways, they rarely push us beyond our current paradigms of thought and action. This session is an introduction to dialogue, a more creative and collaborative mode of communication that increases our capacity to address complex organizational issues.

The objectives for this topic are to:

  • Understand what dialogue is and how it differs from other forms of communication.
  • Practice specific behaviors that can help us move towards a more dialogue-based way of communicating.
  • Consider ways of cultivating dialogue as a sustained organizational practice.

This topic is available in a "for non-profits" version.

Here's How it Works


Our 90-minute discussion modules are intended to be printed out and used by a team of 5 or 6 managers meeting in person or phone/video call. One of the managers acts as the facilitator, or a internal or external facilitator/coach supports the session.

World renowned thinkers such as Mintzberg, Schein, Adler, Ulrich, and over 40 more have captured their ideas and pedagogy on a broad range of topics in our 75 discussion modules. These contain the content and questions to guide your sessions, beginning with reflective discussions on personal experiences and ending with new insights and learnings. Organizations use these as the foundation for innovative leadership training and change management programs.

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