I'm Founder and Director of Full Circle Dialogue, and Director of Operations for Socratic Seminars International. I've been deeply involved with the art and practice of the intentional style of conversation, "dialogue," since 2009. I've brought dialogue training and workshops to a variety of different communities, organizations, and institutions. Including but not limited to: K-12 Educators, Retirement Communities, Yoga Conferences, and the Business World. Assuming that the majority of the demographic seeking experts on Clarity are in the business world, that's where my focus will reside in this space.
A sustained practice of dialogue in the workplace can result in powerful cultural shifts that renew organizations with the vitality needed to yield creative solutions for the exponentially complex issues to come in the future. Most of the top reasons that teams, departments, and organizations as a whole don’t live up to their full potential are caused by lackluster communication, or a total lack of communication. Some of the most systemically detrimental issues caused by these communication breakdowns are the following: Lack of trust in the workplace, scarcity of creative solutions, and an overall absence of shared vision, or feeling of belonging to something greater than oneself. The slower pace and nature of dialogue opens up space for more creative solutions, and also ensure that all employees are heard, understood, and valued, resulting in restored trust and a widespread sense of inclusion. This is done through shifting attention from improving the “parts” of an organization, to improving the relationships between the parts.
If you've found yourself in a role where you're facilitating, moderating, or leading conversations and meetings, and don't know where to start, a dialogue coaching session might be right for you.
Learn how to set the right intention and build a strong container before your conversations and meetings begin. Become well versed in various dialogue protocols, strategies, and exercises which are designed to sustain the meeting structure you intended. Add a plethora of questioning strategies to your "facilitator toolbox" to engage your participants, dig deeper into the topics discussed, and surface everything of value.
“Full Circle Dialogue helped me to really think about what was missing in my relationships with others: Communication. The guided session forced everyone to take a step back and realize that compassion and understanding for the group as a whole is far greater than any one person trying to get his or her point across.”
— Adam Tomberg, VP of Finance, American Capital Group