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The soft stuff is the hard stuff

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 23 October 2010



The soft stuff is the hard stuff
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 124
Posted DateSaturday 23 October 2010 05:48 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.euansemple.com/theobvious/2010/10/22/the-soft-stu ... 
PeopleEuan Semple

In the words of Euan Semple from a recent blog post "Listening to endless presentations about business and technology as I do it becomes more and more obvious that the opportunity to capitalise on increased connectivity, and the need to reinvent our institutions, are entirely dependent on the quality of our relationships. Shame people are still squeamish about talking about this."

Funny reading this, as only hours earlier in a Knowledge Cafe here in Melbourne, someone reminded me that the most important benefit of conversation was improved relationships. Why is it that some many people see conversation as a waste of time? I will never know.

Increasingly, I think that is there is any hope left for this world the answer lies in conversation.

I am still pondering whether to give up all the other stuff I do and just focus on my Knowledge Cafes and bringing people together to have "interesting conversations" :-)

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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