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Join other business leaders as we explore the challenges and opportunities of the day. These participatory Dialogues are the perfect place to experientially learn and develop capacities for next generation leadership! Come often!

With: Richard Schultz, Johanna Wallin
Thu, Sep 15
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM United States / Eastern
$25.00

While we Dialogue about leadership and business challenges and opportunities, we'll pay attention to noticing and building capacity for respecting. To open spaces for authentic, connected Dialogue, respect is foundational. In a time when employee engagement at work is at an all time low, the practice of respect is one of the key values that could change it. Let's have a look at our own relationship to respect in this Dialogue!

Thu, Oct 6
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM United States / Eastern
$25.00

While we dialogue about current leadership and business challenges and opportunities, we'll pay attention to noticing and building capacity to suspend assumptions, beliefs, and judgement. This is a critical skill for not only Dialogue and communication, but also as a foundation for innovation, resiliance and agility.

With: Richard Schultz, Johanna Wallin
Thu, Oct 20
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM United States / Eastern
$25.00

While we Dialogue about leadership and business challenges and opportunities, we'll pay attention to noticing and building our capacity to Listen. Listening is the most important capacity for effective Dialogue, the practice of presence and leadership. And it is one of the most underdeveloped skill in business. Let's expand our capacity to listen together!

Thu, Nov 3
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM United States / Eastern
$25.00

While we Dialogue about leadership and business challenges and opportunities, we'll pay attention to noticing and building capacity to find your Voice and create space for the voice of others. Finding your voice does not necessarily mean speaking. Traditional leaders often speak too much rather than finding their voice of silent presence, enabling the voices of their colleagues. Together, let's practice finding our authentic voice.

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Richard Schultz - Canada

Richard Schultz, Canada

Johanna Wallin - Sweden

Johanna Wallin, Sweden

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To respect means that you accept others for whom they really are, even when they are different from you, or you don't agree with them. In the practice of respecting:

  • We are invited to see beyond our differences and respect the core humanity in others.
  • We practice relating with empathy and compassion to the life journey of others.
  • In the practice of seeing, hearing and accepting others, we open up the opportunity to find shared meaning and harmony.
  • We create a safer, more trusting space to set aside differences, and open up the conversation for higher learning and contribution.
  • People feel valued and thus are more present, confident and engaged.
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The practice of suspending is critical to effective leadership and building collaborative, coherent, innovative team cultures. 

Everyone holds assumptions, opinions, beliefs or judgments. This is a normal part of how human beings filter perception and make sense of the world. However, these often inhibit open communication, create distrust, cause conflict, stifle creativity, and block understanding.

  • Assumptions and beliefs are often not conscious to the person holding them or to the group or team. They may not even be true. By clarifying assumptions, it can help individuals and teams get to the causal level of problem-solving rather than reacting or fixing something that is not relevant or is outdated.
  • Judgments and opinions can get personal and nobody likes to feel judged. This can create distrust, reactivity and shut down the conversation. They also may not be true. By holding your positions lightly, you open up to new insights and ideas.

In the practice of suspending, participants are invited to at least temporarily suspend or let go of assumptions, beliefs or certainty about things and open up to understanding other possibilities, viewpoints, experiences or ideas. Dialogue is not about convincing others of your views, but with curiosity, attempting to clarify, connect and understand others. In the practice of opening your mind, you may come to knowing yourself better too.

Some tips for suspending:

  • Notice or identify your own assumptions about what you are hearing or voicing. Consider being transparent and putting your assumptions out into the open so that others know where you are coming from.
  • Imagine putting your assumptions 'on a shelf,' temporarily putting them aside. You can always bring them back down later. 
  • Be curious and invite clarification about what assumptions others are making or the hidden assumptions of the group. "What are some of the assumptions we are making about this situation?" "Are these useful or true?"
  • Notice your own self-talk, feelings and emotions as they arise. If you find yourself getting emotionally upset, or misunderstanding/conflict arises, examine your own assumptions, beliefs and judgments around this. Pause and be present with the upset. Is it a pattern for you? What is at the core of this upset? When you let go of the source of the upset/conflict within yourself, the pattern usually goes away. If needed, get some assistance from a mentor to help you resolve it.
  • Notice yours or the groups beliefs about what is emerging in the Dialogue. Are those limiting or empowering and helpful? If limiting, what would you want instead? What would be more empowering beliefs to hold? How could the impossible be turned into the possible?
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Building the capacity to listen is perhaps the most important practice of all. In western cultures and organizations, deep listening is not a well-developed skill and yet it has the power to transform our world. 

In Bohm Dialogue group, you'll be doing far more listening than speaking. You are invited to listen to learn.

  • Listening with presence and curiosity, hearing the tone, cadence, pitch, pauses, movements, meaning, energy, emotions, values and intentions of the speakers.
  • Listening with all your senses and intuition, to the whole person behind the words.
  • Listening to what is happening within your own thoughts, body, emotions, and deep inner guidance.
  • Listen and be present to the beauty, intimacy and richness of the silent moments.

Listening happens on several levels. In the Dialogue, you are invited to practice and develop capacities to listen deeper for higher learning and broader perspective. For example, in the Theory U model, there are 4 levels of listening, each being more open and present:

  • Level 1 - Downloading:
    • At this level, people are only listening to confirm what they already know and are not really present or learning much. Minds are somewhere else and people can tell that we are not really 'with them.' Productive conversations are unlikely to happen here. Minds are closed so open Dialogue just does not happen here.
  • Level 2 - Factual:
    • At this level, people are listening for facts that they don't already know in order to broaden knowledge. Minds are opening, but people are not paying attention to feelings, emotions or the nuances of the conversation, so clues to other important information and insight is often missed.
  • Level 3 - Empathic
    • At the empathic level of listening, people are becoming more present to feelings, emotions and the nuance of the conversation. Connection is deeper and more genuine. This listening helps people to feel more safe to share their perspectives and understood. With an open mind and open heart, greater alignment and coherency can be achieved. Conversation is more constructive.
  • Level 4 - Generative
    • At this deep level of listening, people begin listening to the system as a whole. Presence is at its peak. Core ideas and greater potentials emerge out of the conversation. This is a safe, creative, energizing, high learning space. This is the ultimate goal of the practice of listening in our Dialogue.

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In Dialogue, we practice noticing where our voice is coming from, and developing our capacity to more consistently use authentic voice. Voice is core to leadership. A good leader knows when and how to use their own voice, but more importantly opens the space of listening so that others find theirs.

The practice of finding authentic voice is an essential, but complex and nuanced journey. Because of past conditioning and habits of communication, people are often not aware of where their voice is coming from or the impact it has. It can show up in power-over or victim patterns. It can be suppressed, scattered, manipulative, or dominating. True power, connection and positive impact is found in finding and connecting to authentic voice and trusting it.

In Dialogue, practice noticing where your own voice is coming from and making choices to change its vibration for greater clarity and positive impact. For example:

  • When you speak, are you clear and concise, or do you tend to run on and on?
  • Are you able to be fully present, listening to others, or are you occupied thinking about what you will say?
  • Are you comfortable and present with silence moments, or do you break the silence with your voice out of discomfort?
  • Are you OK with not saying anything at all - contributing from your presence and listening?
  • Are you afraid to speak out, feeling your voice is not important?
  • Do you find yourself needing to say something clever, knowledgeable or wise to draw attention to yourself? Alternatively, are you using your voice to ask questions, inviting the wisdom of the group to be expressed?
  • Are you able to consciously hold back or restrain from speaking when something needs to be unsaid or is not useful?
  • Do you feel that you are not heard when you speak? How do you react? Is this a pattern?
  • Can you openly voice your feelings, emotions, uncertainties, errors and discomfort?
  • Do you notice when you are 'called to speak' from an insight or intuition and have the courage to speak it out at the appropriate time?
  • Do you honor and respect the voice of others? Do some ways of speaking make you upset? How can you shift this experience of upset?