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.

Here's How it Works

 

A CoachingOurselves module is used by a group of 4-6 managers to guide a 90 minute peer-coaching session. One participant plays the role of facilitator. Working through the module one page at a time, the team reflects on their own experiences guided by the content, questions and exercises. There is no pre-work and no laptops, and the meetings are held anywhere managers normally hold work meetings. A program involves six modules, one per month. 

The result is managers learning from, and coaching each other, and the organization developing capacity to develop itself. CoachingOurselves peer-coaching programs deliver cost-effective leadership development to over 15,000 managers in organizations around the world. Contact us to find out more and get started, or register to our newsletter to keep in touch.

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