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Why is conversation so damned important?

Gurteen Knowledge Cafe


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Knowledge Cafe

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Gurteen Knowledge


Wed 10 Jul 2019


Westminster Business School 


London, United Kingdom

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David Gurteen



Knowledge Cafe; Knowledge Management


David Gurteen



Date: Wednesday 10th July 2019, 6:00pm - 8:30pm. This is a free event. Please arrive at 6:00pm or shortly after, which will give you time to settle in, meet other people and enjoy the refreshments. The Café itself will start promptly at 6:30pm.

Five years ago, I started out on a journey to explore the concept of Conversational Leadership, and some of you may recall a London Knowledge Cafe that I ran at Westminster Business School in March 2014 on the subject.

I have come along way since then and not only is my blook on Conversational Leadership well established, Nancy Dixon, John Hovell and I have been working closely together to develop further the ideas that underpin Conversational Leadership - so much so that we are running a three-day workshop on Conversational Leadership in September.

Conversational Leadership is an emerging discipline, a little like KM some 25 years ago. The first reference I can find to the term was as recent as 2007, and the definition of Conversational Leadership and its scope and definition can somewhat vary. Here is my current working definition:

Conversational Leadership is about recognizing the extraordinary but underutilized power of face-to-face conversation and adopting a conversational approach to the way in which we live and work together.

As a five-year celebration, I thought it would be good to run another Knowledge Café on the topic, and Keith Patrick has kindly agreed to host it once again (a big thanks to Keith). So John Hovell and I will be jointly running a Knowledge Café in July.

We each plan to speak for 5 mins or so to share our personal views on Conversational Leadership, its definition, its scope, and its importance in our modern-day world. We will then engage in a short conversation with each other on the topic before passing the conversation over to you, to discuss just what you make of the concept, its importance and its future.

Come join us on Wednesday, July 10th at Westminster Business School to have a conversation about conversation.

Sponsor: Keith Patrick, Westminster Business School

University of Westminster
Westminster Business School
Marylebone Campus
35 Marylebone Rd
London NW1 5LS

Room: From reception follow the signs for the Knowledge Cafe

Map and directions: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/visit-us/directions/marylebone

Opposite Baker St Station and Madame Tussards

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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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