This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2004 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes, in the nature of the case, different points of view.” — Robert Hutchins (1899-1977)
“When men exercise their reason coolly and freely on a variety of distinct questions, they inevitably fall into different opinions on some of them. When they are governed by a common passion, their opinions, if they are to be called, will be the same.” — Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
“I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.” — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
“You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.” — Plato (427-347 BC), Dialogues, Theatus
“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!” — Frederick Nietzsche 1844-1900)
“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” — Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
Most of us who have achieved high rank are also well-educated, high-powered professionals, who are committed to excellence. We are also the toughest learners. Did we not achieve our stations through knowledge – by having the right answers when called for? We have become very good at defending our positions and deflecting blame elsewhere. There is a lot at risk, needing to be viewed as all-knowing and mistake-less. In fact, we have probably made few mistakes, therefore we have never learned from them. It is a bold step to let go of "defensive reasoning" and position your leadership as seeking the answers, rather than having them. For this reason, this issue is devoted to a different way of thinking together – dialogue.
Selected websites on Dialogue: Selected Websites on Dialogue.
Read the Power and Promise of Deep Dialogue: Dialogue Institute.
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