Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The practice of conversation:
~ we acknowledge one another as equals
~ we try to stay curious about one another
~ we recognize that we need each other’s help to become better listeners
~ we slow down so that we have time to think and reflect
~ we remember that conversation is the natural way humans think together
~ we expect it to be messy at times
(Meg Wheatley, “turning to one another,” p. 29)

Be brave enough to start conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Talk to people you never talk to.
(Meg Wheatley, “turning to one another,” p. 145)

“Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don’t have to do anything else. We don’t have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen. If we can do that, we can create moments in which real healing (learning understanding, growth, change, self-knowledge, etc.) is available.”
(Meg Wheatley)


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