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


With CoachingOurselves, your managers learn from each other and coach themselves.

In our programs small groups of 4-6 managers come together for 90 minutes of reflective dialogue and peer-coaching guided by one of our module workbooks. This approach is based on decades of research by Henry Mintzberg and his colleagues in management education. With this building block we deliver a cascading development program and a reflection cafe program.

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