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Tracy Rosen

Barbara - this is one of my all time favourite books. Conversation is so essential, yet we rarely engage in true conversation.

When I was in grad school, I used her conversation model as a starting point for a participatory action research project on having conversations about 'difficult' students. It was messy, challenging, and rewarding.

I like how you put it, "The art of conversation for one in leadership means accepting the messiness of our humanity and the courage to really listen."

I think having the courage to listen also gives strength to who is speaking.

Margaret Wheatley has said and written a lot on both the power of conversation and leadership.

Here are links to articles she has written:

and here is the Turning to One Another website:

Thank you for reminding me of Meg Wheatley this morning!



Thanks for the comments and the links! I just returned from vacation (Scott posted my entry for me on my day).

I really appreciate you taking time to comment because sometimes I feel like I am writing in a vacuum.

Tracy Rosen

Yes, the comments are important to validate the work we are doing here.

Though I do know that I can read dozens to hundreds of blog entries a day, depending on how much time I have :), and don't always have something great to comment to each one!

This topic is a juicy one for me, so I couldn't resist!

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