Introduction: Strategic Conversations ** Dynamic webs of conversation

Conversational Leadership takes root when leaders see their organizations as dynamic webs of conversation and consider conversation as a core process for effecting positive systemic change. Taking a strategic approach to this core process can not only grow intellectual and social capital but also provide a collaborative advantage in our increasingly networked world. Credit: Thomas … Continue reading Introduction: Strategic Conversations ** Dynamic webs of conversation

Strategic conversations ** Conversations that have the potential to influence the future direction of an organization

Conversion is at its most powerful when it is strategic but what is a strategic conversation? A strategic conversation is a conversation held by a small group of people that has the potential to influence the future direction of an organization. It can be designed intentionally and convened to address a significant strategic issue or challenge … Continue reading Strategic conversations ** Conversations that have the potential to influence the future direction of an organization

Conversation architect ** A conversation architect designs and convenes strategic conversations

Conversations frequently take place spontaneously in various contexts with little or no thought as to who should be involved or how they should be convened or managed. Spontaneous conversations are valuable but for some issues, it makes better sense to take a more formal, structured approach. Designing such meetings is the role of the conversation … Continue reading Conversation architect ** A conversation architect designs and convenes strategic conversations

The role of the Knowledge Café in strategic conversations ** One of the best conversational methods for addressing complex issues is the Knowledge Café

One of the best conversational methods for addressing complex issues and challenges is the Knowledge Café. Strategic conversations and other powerful conversations are usually driven by powerful questions. They are best convened where there are many stakeholders and opinions, and there are no right or wrong answers. Some examples: To achieve a breakthrough in a … Continue reading The role of the Knowledge Café in strategic conversations ** One of the best conversational methods for addressing complex issues is the Knowledge Café

Open, adaptive strategy * Make employees partners in the strategy process

There are two innovations taking place in the world of strategic planning that have the potential to transform the way that strategy is thought about, formulated and implemented. The one approach is called open strategy and the other adaptive or agile strategy. Open strategy is fundamentally about recognizing that no single CEO or small strategy … Continue reading Open, adaptive strategy * Make employees partners in the strategy process

The role of the Knowledge Café in open/adaptive strategy ** An ideal tool to help implement open strategy

The Knowledge Café can play a central role in both the formulation, communication and execution of an open or adaptive strategy. There is no prescription in applying the Knowledge Café to open/adaptive strategy making. The idea is to take a more conversational approach to the interactions that help formulate and execute a strategy compared to more … Continue reading The role of the Knowledge Café in open/adaptive strategy ** An ideal tool to help implement open strategy

Book about Strategic Conversations * Strategic conversations make employees partners in the strategy development process

Bruce Strong and J.-C. Spender discuss tools for building a successful and motivated workforce in their book, Strategic Conversations. Most organizations fail to take full advantage of their employees’ knowledge, initiative, and imagination. In their book, Strategic Conversations: Creating and Directing the Entrepreneurial Workforce, J.-C. Spender and Bruce Strong provide a guide for building entrepreneurial … Continue reading Book about Strategic Conversations * Strategic conversations make employees partners in the strategy development process