Dialogue

Since dialogue takes place between individuals (how else does dialogue take place?) I am going to experiment with my papers beginning with the thoughts of two people on the same subject expressed on one page. (I‘m determined to keep my papers to the one page limit that I’ve used for many years.)Thus far and probably for the last 80 plus years when I wrote I was sharing mostly what I have or had on my mind. When I write my own thoughts take precedent over what others might think although I try to be open to what others have to say.  In any case, I really want and value dialogue so when people commented (pro or con) and the monologue resulted in dialogue it was like catching a fish; the point to casting my lines. It’s what I look forward to regardless of what I write. When dialogue does happen, not necessarily agreement, how good is that? 

Sometime it generated a continuing exchange of thoughts and also, but rare, disagreement is expressed; nothing wrong with that. Considering I often try to stir one’s ambers the response tells me I’m successful or not. Most often I just express thoughts that come to me while sitting at the computer, or issues that are hot topics taking place around us.  I don’t use names nor am specific as if quoting a source, but I believe my writing has been clear enough to make the point I have in mind.

I know I express my feelings and thoughts frequently about relationships, communication, dialogue, power and leadership.  These are the subjects I have read about, researched, experienced and taught over the years. These are also the issues I took as major building blocks to my own philosophy. I admit to making changes with theories of others, to be sure, and if they proved impractical to me and those I worked with I dropped them and created my own. Whatever I used and taught had to be practical and works. 

 Without question my personal experiences have been and continue to be my primary mentor. I am thankful for them all including the bad and painful ones. They each taught me something of value. I remain a continuing student to what life has to teach me so learning continues. Getting older is teaching me stuff every day. 

So the experiment: I am inviting one person each paper to join with me in a dialogue. It will be brief; to be sure, half a page does not offer much space to express one’s self so writing needs to be to the point without much explanation and elaboration. I think that I’ve pretty much mastered the style in that I’ve kept to one page over a goodly number of years. Also, the Haiku form seems to fit my style. I guess getting to the point with as few words as possible suits me. 

It’s possible and perhaps desirable that we stay with a subject for more than one paper? If called for, why not? Also, it’s possible that we may take different positions on a subject. Dialogue never assures agreement. In fact, that’s the beauty and true value of dialogue. Each person speaks for themselves, but never takes the other’s words for granted. Does it get any better than that? 

Dialogue:

Since dialogue takes place between individuals (how else does dialogue take place?) I am going to experiment with my papers beginning with the thoughts of two people on the same subject expressed on one page. (I‘m determined to keep my papers to the one page limit that I’ve used for many years.)Thus far and probably for the last 80 plus years when I wrote I was sharing mostly what I have or had on my mind. When I write my own thoughts take precedent over what others might think although I try to be open to what others have to say.  In any case, I really want and value dialogue so when people commented (pro or con) and the monologue resulted in dialogue it was like catching a fish; the point to casting my lines. It’s what I look forward to regardless of what I write. When dialogue does happen, not necessarily agreement, how good is that? 

Sometime it generated a continuing exchange of thoughts and also, but rare, disagreement is expressed; nothing wrong with that. Considering I often try to stir one’s ambers the response tells me I’m successful or not. Most often I just express thoughts that come to me while sitting at the computer, or issues that are hot topics taking place around us.  I don’t use names nor am specific as if quoting a source, but I believe my writing has been clear enough to make the point I have in mind.

I know I express my feelings and thoughts frequently about relationships, communication, dialogue, power and leadership.  These are the subjects I have read about, researched, experienced and taught over the years. These are also the issues I took as major building blocks to my own philosophy. I admit to making changes with theories of others, to be sure, and if they proved impractical to me and those I worked with I dropped them and created my own. Whatever I used and taught had to be practical and works. 

 Without question my personal experiences have been and continue to be my primary mentor. I am thankful for them all including the bad and painful ones. They each taught me something of value. I remain a continuing student to what life has to teach me so learning continues. Getting older is teaching me stuff every day. 

So the experiment: I am inviting one person each paper to join with me in a dialogue. It will be brief; to be sure, half a page does not offer much space to express one’s self so writing needs to be to the point without much explanation and elaboration. I think that I’ve pretty much mastered the style in that I’ve kept to one page over a goodly number of years. Also, the Haiku form seems to fit my style. I guess getting to the point with as few words as possible suits me. 

It’s possible and perhaps desirable that we stay with a subject for more than one paper? If called for, why not? Also, it’s possible that we may take different positions on a subject. Dialogue never assures agreement. In fact, that’s the beauty and true value of dialogue. Each person speaks for themselves, but never takes the other’s words for granted. Does it get any better than that? 

Haiku:  Dialogue is best———-My thoughts are made known to all———–How good can it be? 

Haiku:  Dialogue is best———-My thoughts are made known to all———–How good can it be? 

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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