Introduction: Conversational Leadership * A style of working

Since the dawn of time, conversation has been the principal tool for human communication and collaboration. It is through conversation that anything of importance gets done, and it is through conversation that we transform the world. Its power should not be surprising; this has always been the case, but we take conversation for granted and … Continue reading Introduction: Conversational Leadership * A style of working

Conversational Leaders ** We can all become conversational leaders

Conversational Leadership is a style of working living where you understand the power of conversation and take a conversational approach to the way that you connect, relate, learn, work and live with other people. Credit: David Gurteen Conversational Leaders: Develop positive conversational habits in their everyday interactions with people. Bake conversation into everything that they … Continue reading Conversational Leaders ** We can all become conversational leaders

Carpe diem ** Seize the day boys (and girls) - make your lives extraordinary

Carpe diem is a Latin aphorism, usually translated “seize the day” or “pluck the day [as it is ripe]” – in other words, enjoy the moment. It is a philosophy that  I think we should take more seriously. The sciences of complexity change our perspective and thinking. Perhaps, as a result we should, especially in … Continue reading Carpe diem ** Seize the day boys (and girls) – make your lives extraordinary

The mind is a fire to be kindled ** Not a vessel to be filled

Whether it is our educational systems or the presentations we give at conferences, we focus far too much on filling people’s heads with content. It is not an effective way of teaching. We need to inspire people to learn for themselves, not attempt to fill their heads with stuff. Plutarch understood this, almost 2,000 years … Continue reading The mind is a fire to be kindled ** Not a vessel to be filled

How to design powerful questions * Questions open the door to dialogue and discovery

To make better sense of the world and to innovate, we need to convene small groups of people to engage in creative conversations. Creative conversations are triggered by powerful questions. What are powerful questions? Powerful questions are provocative. They spark creative thinking. This leads to new ideas. And new ideas, in turn, lead to innovation. … Continue reading How to design powerful questions * Questions open the door to dialogue and discovery

The importance of language ** The language of Conversational Leadership is everyday natural language

The language of Conversational Leadership is everyday natural language that makes sense to everyone. The language used by academics, organizational development (OD) practitioners, professional facilitators, senior human resources managers, managers educated to MBA level and the like is highly specialized and alienating to many people. The language of facilitators who work in community building who … Continue reading The importance of language ** The language of Conversational Leadership is everyday natural language