conversation is an engine

A lot can happen in a conversation

How To Solve Things With Words

with 2 comments

Business, guns, diversity could all benefit from simple talk

tumblr_mflvnkZbaf1r082jyo1_500-12272012I had a boss who would stand amazed at what could be accomplished through simple communication. After a team meeting with a difficult client, she would say, “All we did was talk and that problem just went away.”

She went on to become Le Grand Fromage at Medtronic, which seems fitting and a happy circumstance of a good person rewarded for aggressively doing good (an atypical reward, in my experience).

Could simple communication help us hash out reasonable restrictions for assault weapons? Just people talking together about the rights we cherish, but also weighing them together in the multi-dimensional needs of a diverse culture—aloud. It is OK to become heated, but adults know also how tone it down. Our leaders have led us to bitter partisanship, which our media has been happy to reinforce, so maybe it is up to the regular people, the ruled (as it were) to point the way back to ordinary conversation. In fact, I would argue that it is the ordinary conversations that carry the most extraordinary power for permanent change.

Let’s bring our passions to discussion, and let’s also listen to understand that good point our opponent, but fellow human, wants to make. Covey’s advice to “First Understand” makes sense for today. What if we began to appreciate the very things that made us different?

###

Image credit: marcedith via 2headedsnake

Advertisements

Written by kirkistan

December 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I am starting to think that I might need to reread Covey…

    Another stellar post!

    • Thanks, Roger. It’s been a number of years since I read Covey, but a few of his ideas really stuck.

      kirkistan

      December 30, 2012 at 7:38 am


But wait--what do you think? Tell me:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: