In a highly competitive culture, many of us have learned to listen in ways that strengthen the arguments in support of our perspective. We focus on critiquing others’ ideas and defending our point of view.
Dialogue shifts us from a mindset of persuading to one of learning. It invites us to engage with curiosity and openness and to discover the shared meaning living among different perspectives. Slowing down, examining assumptions and listening deeply not only builds stronger, more trusting relationships, it supports us in doing our best thinking together and discovering more innovative solutions.
Only through true listening and understanding can we hope to create communities of integrity that sustain us and elicit our best actions. Whether you are facilitating a discussion among workplace colleagues, members of your family, friends or a faith community, you can learn to listen with curiosity and welcome multiple perspectives.
Look for more details on this course later in 2020.