Whose Story?

By May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011 By Jill Blair Shalom! Context: I proudly chair the board of TWI and hold a deep and abiding commitment to the power of process and dialogue. I live according to the belief that it is only what we work our way through in words and feelings that we are able to truly…

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How Do You Like to Receive Disconfirming Data?

By April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011 By Pia Infante An executive leadership coach I know often initiates a new client relationship with the question: “How do you like to receive disconfirming data?” The irony being that most people don’t like to receive disconfirming data at all. Our brains process unexpected data by a) sounding an amygdala alarm bell…

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The Difference between Dialogue and Debate

By April 7, 2011

April 8, 2011 By John Esterle On March 4th, I attended California Council for Humanities‘ “Forum on Democracy and the Culture of Civic Conversation.” The Forum was the kick-off event for CCH’s promising new two-year statewide initiative, Searching for Democracy. The day featured a thoughtful and informative mix of speakers and panels, but it was…

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When To Hit "Pause"

By March 1, 2011

March 1, 2011by Pia Infante “Meanings are in people, not words.” – Alfred Korzybski, Founder, Institute for General Semantics Ok. Raise your hands if – (Really, raise them, even though we can’t actually see you. It’s good for circulation!) – you’ve heard the word transformative to describe leadership development, organizational change, social policy, or any…

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Is it a strategy? An outcome? A tool? It’s a Network!

By February 2, 2011

By Pia Infante February 2, 2011 From the Hollywood hit The Social Network to the recently published non-profit “how to” guide The Networked Nonprofit, it’s clear that in the private, public, and philanthropic sectors – we are abuzz about the power of networks. Particularly social networks. I had the opportunity a few days ago, at…

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