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To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable being human

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 June 2019

 



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To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable being human
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 228
Posted DateWednesday 26 June 2019 10:16 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I have long been a huge fan of David Weinberger. Read more about him here and watch the video. He is such an amazing thinker. In particular, I love his insights into conversation such as the one below.
To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable being human - acknowledging you don't have all the answers, being eager to learn from someone else and to build new ideas together.

You can only have a conversation if you're not afraid of being wrong. Otherwise, you're not conversing, you're just declaiming, speechifying, or reading what's on the PowerPoints. To converse, you have to be willing to be wrong in front of another person.

Conversations occur between equals. The time your boss's boss asked you at a meeting about your project's deadline was not a conversation. The time you sat with your boss for an hour in the Polynesian-themed bar while on a business trip and you really talked, got past the corporate bullshit, told each other the truth about the dangers ahead, and ended up talking about your kids - that maybe was a conversation.


Can you have these sorts of conversation in your organization?



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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