Dialogue: The Art Of Thinking Together

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Crown Publishing Group, Dec 30, 2008 - Business & Economics - 448 pages
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Dialogue provides practical guidelines for one of the essential elements of true partnership--learning how to talk together in honest and effective ways. Reveals how problems between managers and employees, and between companies or divisions within a larger corporation, stem from an inability to conduct a successful dialogue.
 

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Contents

The Fire of Conversation
1
W H AT I S D 1 AL O GUE
7
A Conversation with a Center Not Sides
17
Why We Think Alone and What We Can Do About It
49
The Timeless Way of Conversation
70
Listening
83
Respecting
110
Suspending
134
Setting the Container
239
Fields of Conversation
252
Convening Dialogue
291
The Ecology of Thought
300
Dialogue and the New Economy
323
Cultivating Organizational and System Dialogue
336
Dialogue and Democracy
360
Taking Wholeness Seriously
387

Voicing
159
Patterns of Action
185
Overcoming Structural Traps
203
Notes
400
Diagrams
419
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About the author (2008)

William Isaacs is the founder of Dialogos, a consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a cofounder of the Organizational Learning Center at MIT and a senior lecturer at the Sloan School of Management. He is the author of Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together.

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