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Do you have the capacity to hold a good conversation?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 24 July 2019

 



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Do you have the capacity to hold a good conversation?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 229
Posted DateWednesday 24 July 2019 11:46 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

In preparing for our Conversational Leadership workshop, Nancy Dixon, John Hovell and I keep coming back to the question "What is real conversation?" or "What makes a good conversation?" and the more we converse about it - the richer the picture that emerges.

In two blog posts by Dave Pollard, he lists seven conversational capacities or skills that he considers prerequisites to a good conversation,including things like "the capacity to think critically" or "the capacity to be curious". Recall the frustration of trying to have a conversation with someone who could not argue critically or whose arguments had no coherence.

I've taken Dave's list and I am expanding on it here: conversational capacities.

It's an interesting list, what do you think is missing? Which is the most important capacity?



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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