Why Dialogue is Important to Me

When I write, I write what I feel and think now; as I’ve written in the past, this is nothing more than my opinion. I can not and do not represent anyone else. And, when I write, I hope for your feedback. It tells me a lot if I hear from you. Whether you agree, disagree, are confused, or do not understand, I’d like to know. I value any communication between us in any form. I also realize that listening to and trying to understand another is rarely easy. In fact, too many do not listen, which makes understanding out of the question.

That is why I often write on the subject of Genuine Dialogue. It goes without saying that I think its lack is the root of many relationship problems. For some leaders, communication is often a mere monologue. Conversely, for some followers, not being present when others attempt to communicate is just as problematic. In these circumstances, little or nothing of value can occur between them. What a loss.

My engagement with dialogue began at an early age. After all, what did I have to say as a kid speaking to myself? As I remember, When I was with my family and conversation failed, I hated the arguing. When that happened, I ran to be with my friends, where plain talk was valued.

I knew early on that I preferred the conversational exchanges with my friends. Home was a different story. There, being the fifth in line, I could only observe. Between then and now, I learned that conversation is the best option compared to the other forms of communication. And Genuine Dialogue takes conversation to the next level.

I speak and you hear–You speak and I understand–We get along fine.


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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