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100 Ways to Access Group Wisdom in the Workplace
Communication within many organizations has been reduced to email, electronic file transfer, and hasty sound bytes at hurried meetings. More and more, people appear to have forgotten the value of wisdom gained by ordinary conversations. The Art of Focused Conversation convincingly restores this most human of attributes to prime place within businesses and organizations, and demonstrates what can be accomplished through the medium of focused conversation.
Developed, tested, and extensively used by professionals in the field of organizational development, The Art of Focused Conversation is an invaluable resource for all those working to improve communications in firms and organizations.
R. Brian Stanfield was an inspired leader, who spent years helping others to become the same. As well as his decades of experience as an educator and researcher, he held the position of Director of Publications at the Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs for many years. Brian was the author of 5 books focusing on the qualities required for successful progressive leadership and group facilitation, including The Workshop Book, The Art of Focused Conversation and The Courage to Lead.
"At its essence, every organization is a product of how its members think and interact."
Senge, Kleiner, Roberts, Ross and Smith, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook
"This book has served me so well in my new job. I can't tell you the many times I have pulled the book off the shelf to get some direction in creating my own questions. It has been a great asset in helping me have meaningful and directed conversations at a critical time in my new job. And has saved me precious time. Great Book."
Marlene Lockwood Group Leader, St. Helen's Hospital Deer Park, California, USA
"This book is absolutely fabulous. I started it last night, used a whole bunch of stuff I found in it in my workshop today. I love this book. It is a must-have for every facilitator in the world. If I won the lottery, I would mail one to every member of the International Facilitators Association (IAF) as a benefit. This book is without a doubt, the book of the year."
Margaret Runchey Editor, IAF Facilitation News Palm Springs Gardens, Florida, USA