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From information to conversation - We have to talk!

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 6 February 2011



From information to conversation - We have to talk!
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 128
Posted DateSunday 6 February 2011 16:59 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://eskokilpi.blogging.fi/2011/01/14/from-information-to- ... 

This is a lovely post on conversation by Esko Kilpi on why we need to talk. For those of you who have attended one of my knowledge cafe workshops- you will recognise the message - I say it in different words but the meaning is the same.

People often need to act and make decisions in situations in which causality is poorly understood, where there is considerable uncertainty and people hold different beliefs and have personal biases. However, people very reluctantly acknowledge that they face ambiguity at work. Problems in organizations tend to get labelled as lack of information. It feels more professional to try to solve a knowledge management problem that is called lack of information than a problem that is called confusion.

Because any information can mean a variety of things, meaning cannot simply be discovered. Information does not help. We have to talk! Many meetings that are directed at the problems of ambiguity fail to handle it because potentially rich views are silenced by autocratic leadership, norms that encourage harmony or reluctance to admit that one has no idea what is going on.

How do we make sense of the world? Its through conversation. We have to talk!

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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