I’ve written about Danny Perlman, and deservedly so. Still, there are so many others I could be writing about that deserve recognition. In truth, I’ve been blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people over the years. So while I’ll pass on naming them all (the list would on for far too long), they have left me with memories I’ll never forget.
I’ve worked with professionals and corporate leaders for thirty-plus years, along with their “inner circles.” Assisting them by bringing dialogue, particularly “Genuine Dialogue,” into their work relationships and personal lives.
While easy to describe, the foundation of Genuine Dialogue is difficult to apply. As I’ve written many times, the rules are simple. Be PRESENT. LISTEN and UNDERSTAND. CONFIRM what you’ve heard. Then, RESPOND in a candid and forthright manner that hopefully is returned in kind.
It all sounds so simple, but it’s not. Being in the “present” is where our lives need to be lived. “The future is not ours to see” is not just a song but a fact. Listening and understanding the speaker, especially the people who are important in our lives, is vital. If that isn’t possible, one has to ask themselves why else share time and space with them? And when you do exactly that, isn’t” confirming “what you’ve heard and understood reasonable? And if you expect honesty and truth from the speaker, do they deserve less?
I keep circling back to Genuine Dialogue if only to emphasize that it is an essential component in how we interact with others. I can think of no better way to solve business or personal issues. Can you? If so, what would that be?
To participate in an open and honest dialogue is to know the beauty and joy of being as one with others. How good is that?
Talk is cheap, leads where? –dialogue is inclusive—which is the better?