The Power of Conversation

Wheatley quote 2I have just finished Margaret Wheatley’s book Turning to one Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future. It’s a wonderful book to read, and reread often, if you believe in the power of conversations or want to be reminded of their power.

 

I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. ~ Margaret Wheatley

 

The book is a combination of thoughts and poems to reflect on. Thoughts like the one highlighted in the image above. I agree, ‘Conversation is the natural way we humans think together.’ (p. 46) As leaders we need to create environments where conversations can happen naturally. Where our staff feel comfortable sharing their ideas and do so in a way as to not jeopardize the respectful climate that exists. Where active listening and open thinking is the norm. If we can create the time and space for these conversations our institutions will be richer for it.

As leaders we also need to take some time to have conversations with our family, friends and ourselves. During the past several months I’ve been giving myself the time and space to reflect. Reading Wheatley’s books have given me direction for my thoughts to fly from.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of her book, and start with the conversation starter questions that speak to you. A couple of my favorites:

  • What is my faith in the future?
  • What do I believe about others?
  • What am I willing to notice in my world?
  • Am I willing to reclaim time to think?
  • Can I be fearless?

Are you willing to reclaim time to think? If so start with reading some of Wheatley’s books… next up for me Perseverance.

2 thoughts on “The Power of Conversation

  1. As someone who works on conversational skills everyday with Elementary school students, I am concerned that it is truly becoming a lost art. Children don’t know how to listen and respond to others well. Many children are growing up with parents who don’t listen and are preoccupied by their electronic devices.

  2. I agree Cathy. The art of conversation and listening is not as naturally occurring as they use to be. It will take all of us, educators, administrators, staff and parents to help our children see the importance. (and to give our children the gift of our attention) It is all about balance.

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