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We have turned the corner into March as we continue our journey through 2012. The JLC Team hopes this finds you and your family well, rested and peaceful. Our intention is to continue to support our clients in learning with informative articles, links and resources that will enable the to continue to develop three edges of leadership: Conversational Leadership, Aspirational Leadership and Systems Thinking. We invite you to share this with others as well as to send us interesting resources you have found helpful in continuing to build your capacity as a leader.
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The Three D's of a Conversation
Dialogue, Discussion or Decision
Have you ever been in a meeting or conversation when the intended outcome is unclear? When some of the participants were brainstorming while others were determining what actions needed to take place. One of the greatest challenges leaders encounter is being intentional with every conversation, whether it is with one person or with many. Ask yourself, what is it I am trying to achieve with this conversation? What phase am I in? Dialogue, discussion or decision making?
Begin every meeting with intention, be focused and clear as to why you are meeting and what you want to accomplish. Let everyone know if you will be in dialogue, discussing specific issues or making a decision as to avoid misunderstandings. Without a common
understanding about which phase of the conversation you are in with a clear intended outcome, meeting participants might walk out of the meeting without feeling like anything was accomplished. All to often people try to do all three symultaneously will unsuccessful results. Discussion and decision making are more familiar than than dialogue, therefore let's take a deeper look into that phase of the conversation.
Dialogue "comes from the Greek word dialogos. Logos means 'the word' or in our case we would think of the 'meaning of the word' and dia means 'through'. Dialogue suggests a "stream of meaning" flowing among, through and between us. This makes it possible to create a flow of meaning from the group so that new ideas or understandings will emerge.
When practicing dialogue keep in mind the following:
Suspend certainty. Be open to the thinking of others. This process doesn't include coming to a conclusion or convincing someone you are right. Regard one another as colleagues. Dialogue can only take place when we suspend our notions of authority and hierarchy. This will open up a safe space for all to feel comfortable and participate. Facilitate the conversation and hold the context of the dialogue. A focused facilitator can remind participants to refrain from discussions and keep the conversations in the dialogic space.
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