Monthly Archives: December 2010

Moving from Dialogue to Action

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When we convene dialogue for the purpose of understanding, can we also inform decisions and achieve outcomes?

Can strategic dialogue – a process for informing decisions – also include open dialogue? Are they mutually opposed in practice?  How do we move from collective inquiry to decisive action?

What are the conditions that grant authority to frame the inquiry initiating dialogue?

What conditions enable authentic inquiry and co-creation?  What dialogue structures empower leaders to make decisions?

Case studies of our own examples of dialogue in action will be elicited from participants in the open dialogue.  Stories will be captured visually in sketches and harvests. Café groups will break out to explore action scenarios, closing with a group discussion on the dynamics of organizational co-creation and authority.

ALIA’s Little Book of Practice

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Download this book as soon as you read this. And then read the book at your leisure – the ALIA folks created a wonderful gift for energizing a culture of dialogue. From their website:

The Little Book of Practice for Authentic Leadership in Action chronicles the principles, people, and practices that have come together to create ALIA’s unique approach to actualizing authentic leadership and transformational change.

Download the free PDF ebook: Little Book of Practice

Printed copies are available for purchase at ALIA.