Listening for a Change, Transforming Conflict
A workshop with Kathy Germann
9am – 4pm
October 23, 2021
Only through true listening and understanding can we hope to create organizations that sustain each of us — organizations that treat every individual with respect and dignity, that welcome multiple perspectives, use conflict creatively, and elicit our best actions based on integrity.
In a highly competitive culture, many of us have learned to listen in ways that strengthen the arguments that support our point of view — we fail to take into consideration the differing perspectives of others. Yet, to create and sustain more inclusive organizations, we need a different approach, one where diverse perspectives and experiences are not only encouraged, they are actively utilized to create more innovative and mutually acceptable solutions. Slowing down and listening deeply not only builds stronger, more trusting relationships, it creates shared understanding, and enhances investment in collaborative decisions.
When we relate to others with curiosity and compassion, we can transform the old model of competition to a new one of collaborative positive change.
Through a variety of different activities participants will learn to:
- Feel more grounded when having challenging conversations.
- Suspend judgment and listen with greater curiosity and openness.
- Slow down and check out assumptions before they escalate into conflict.
- Move beyond positional statements to understand “what’s really going on”.
- Use questions of inquiry to understand multiple perspectives.
Registration: This event is limited to 23 registrants.