The Growing Importance of Genuine Dialogue

As you all know, I have lived, studied, and taught the fundamentals of GD. But, in our present time and day, it appears this level of communication is a rarity and becoming even more so. There are many reasons why I think this is happening.

Our modern world continues to grow smaller in terms of dwindling resources. Environment, food production, and water availability continue to shrink while cities overflow with millions of people. And while the technological explosion expands the ability and necessity of trade, I suggest that although many of us share the same language, we are more disconnected today than ever before. I believe all of the challenges I’ve referred to will force us to revise our way of living—not only as individuals and nations but in the variety of ways nations are governed. I won’t pursue that subject further but continue with why I firmly believe that Genuine Dialogue is more needed than ever.

Let’s start at the beginning. People need people. Our world would and could not exist as we know it without animals, plants, and human proliferation. Evolution has brought us to the point where it is obvious that if we are to continue our journey here on earth, we must find better ways to live and share our remarkable world.

Now it’s more important than ever before that the human race commits to communicating with each other. Only after we find ways to facilitate our ability to convene as one will we be able to solve the problems we face. We know well enough what they are today, and soon, we will be confronted by tomorrow’s. So consider this from your perspective: Are you present when being with another? Do you hear them when they speak and are you doing your best to understand them? Do you express your understanding by “confirming” them? And finally, are you as candid as you wish the other to be?

Our world does not wait—Time moves and so do all things—Can we wait for what?


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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