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Organizational Conversation - the life-blood of an organization.

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 June 2015



Organizational Conversation - the life-blood of an organization.
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 180
Posted DateFriday 26 June 2015 09:14 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I talk a lot about conversation these days - its the focus of my work.

One thing I feel the need to do is to give a label to the everyday conversation that takes place in an organization and quite naturally I call such conversation "Organizational Conversation". This is how I describe it:

Conversation permeates our organisational lives.

David Weinberger in the The Cluetrain Manifesto says: "Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation - literally. And 'knowledge workers' are simply those people whose job consists of having interesting conversations."

Alan Weber, in the Harvard Business Review says: "In the new economy, conversations are the most important form of work ... so much so that the conversation is the organisation."

Organizational Conversation is the myriad of such conversations that take place on a minute to minute basis everyday within organizations

Conversations take place in formal settings such as meeting rooms but often the more important conversations are the informal ones that take place in the corridors, at the water-cooler or in the cafe.

It is through conversation that knowledge flows directly from person to person, learning takes place, insights are gleaned, connections are made and relationships are built.

But conversation is so much more.

Conversation provides a medium through which we reveal something of who we are: our values, beliefs and what is important to us.

Conversation helps break down departmental-silos, build trust, motivation, commitment, engagement and accountability.

Conversation helps us make better sense of our world, leading to improved decision making and stimulates creativity and innovation.

Conversation is the life-blood of an organization.

The key to my mind is in recognising its importance as the role and impact of everyday conversation is so often overlooked.

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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