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Is conversation action?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 April 2018



Is conversation action?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 214
Posted DateThursday 26 April 2018 11:26 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I am often asked how to turn conversation into action.

It's a crazy question as conversation is action. Let me justify that.

It is evident that conversation does not change the physical world.

Conversation, however, changes the wiring of our brains. It transforms our minds.

It changes what we think about, and it shapes how we think.

Conversation creates the conditions, in which actions and changes we would like to see in the world become possible.

And yes of course we can waste a lot of time talking about stuff of no consequence but we waste even more time doing stuff of no consequence.

Looked at in this light, conversation is probably one of the most potent forms of action we can take.

So stop running around doing things and sit down and have a conversation.

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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