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.