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


This is a new approach to developing management and leadership skills. Using one of our topic discussion guides, you gather with a small group of peers or direct reports to spend 90 minutes working through the topic one page at a time. Each page has the content and questions to drive your thinking forward and improve your management and leadership skills.

World renowned thinkers such as Mintzberg, Schein, Adler, Ulrich, and over 30 more have captured their ideas and pedagogy on a broad range of topics in our 75 themed discussion guides. These guide your management learning sessions, beginning with reflective discussions on personal experiences and ending with new insights and learnings.  Individual managers use these during 90 minute self-guided sessions. Organizations use these as the foundation for innovative leadership training and change management programs.

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