So why is Dialogue or Conversation so powerful? Conversation, more than any other form of human interaction, is the place where we learn, transform workplace cultures, exchange ideas, offer resources and create innovation. As we all well know, not every conversation works like this, though. We are currently stuck in social media culture of one line slogans and losing the ability to hold conversations and meetings of value.
We facilitate dialogues in natural spaces using solid frameworks and principles that support the space for transformational thinking to occur. Our human conversations are the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change – personal change, community and organisational change. The behaviours associated with the practice of dialogue are powerful tools for developing the capacity for deep, authentic conversation in organisations.
The practice of our skilfully hosted dialogues and meetings harness the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size. Based on the assumption that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them – in work as in life.
How dialogic practices can impact your organization
Groups and organizations using these conversational processes as a working practice report better decision making, more efficient and effective capacity building and greater ability to quickly respond to opportunity, challenge and change. Groups who experience and practice our hosted dialogues and meetings typically say that they walk away feeling more empowered and able to help guide the meetings and conversations they are part of towards more effective and desirable outcomes.
At the inter-personal level, the practices of dialogue can deepen the quality of conversation between individuals – resulting in higher levels of collaboration, enlisting and influencing others more powerfully, engaging diverse stakeholders in the success of initiatives and incorporating a variety of perspectives into developing solutions in a safe and generative manner.
Over time, these practices help leaders in developing a more cohesive team where there is a genuine effort to listen to dissenting points of view without reacting, and engage in a process of inquiry to understand the basis for differences in perspective – qualities that help move the team from being highly dysfunctional to increasing the efficiency of the process and quality of their decisions.
Our dialogue and meeting facilitational methods result in a greater willingness to engage in deep listening and inquiry, we establish a safe container which allows the group to be vulnerable and speak honestly as they co-created the organisation’s core values. Issues affecting each element of the organisation can be raised and openly talked about in this space; decisions can be made drawing upon the collective knowledge of the team; and an environment of trust and connection is created.
At the level of the organization, dialogue’s ability to tap into the knowledge/wisdom of the collective can be a valuable enabler of a learning culture. As the business environment becomes more complex, a single individual simply does not have all the requisite knowledge to succeed. By necessity there must be reliance on collective intelligence. Through conversation, people are able to create, refine and share their knowledge. Dialogue provides a mind-set for real conversations and also contributes to creating an environment of safe risk taking and learning.
We facilitate dialogues and meetings in diverse inspiring natural spaces, harnessing the rhythms of the natural world. Removing ourselves from the work environment encourages a creativity and openness to explore other ways of knowing and relating. The impact of place on our cognition is more than trivial. In fact, any place has profound and subtle influences on aspects of our thinking.
For further information on our dialogue and meeting facilitation please call Philip on 0416023867