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Boring conversations and KM

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 June 2011



Boring conversations and KM
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 132
Posted DateSaturday 25 June 2011 09:57 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
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CategoriesConversation; Dialogue

My website automatically posted the following quotation on LinkedIn via Twitter recently

"David Gurteen There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees. Michel de Montaigne http://bit.ly/ctwrQf via Twitter"

To which Stephen Goodwin commented:

"Not so sure about that ... conversations that constantly air disagreement may be worse."

And I replied:

"They may not be effective, even destructive but never boring LOL. I think much depends on the style of conversation. Intellectual debate and dialogue are effective. Argument, when it gets emotional and personal is not."

I think some issues do need constant airing through both dialogue and debate. KM is one of them! Its also why KM is never boring - there is still so little agreement after so long. To me that is not a bad thing.

Although all the claptrap about KM being dead I do find a little tedious.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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