The Workplace (and the World) Are Starving for Real Dialogue

“Our language is holographic. Each word contains not only the wide context of paragraph and sentence but the deeper context of our lives. When you interact with someone, their initial words carry the entire hologram of their consciousness.” 

William Isaacs, Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together

Dialogue is an overused term for a very specific means of communication that we rarely use effectively today. The roots of the word dialogue come from the Greek words, dia and logos, dia meaning through and logos being the word.

Essentially, dialogue is a mindful communication process that helps people clarify their thinking, beliefs and values within communities of practice. However, the term has migrated and is increasingly used to describe the lost art of conversation.

In some circles, it’s called talking. You remember, right? Let’s talk.

Historically, dialogue has helped communities and groups discover shared meaning. Unlike discussion or debate, there is no attempt to convince anyone of anything. Dialogue isn’t meant to problem-solve (although solutions often evolve from the dialogic process).  Unlike discussion (whose root is the same as the word percussion) the process of dialogue is a spontaneous flow of communication. Read Full Article>>

Written by Louise Altman, Partner, Intentional Communication – written on behalf of The Intentional Workplace on May 3, 2012

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