A One Foot Journey – From Mind to Heart

Jul 03, 2015 // No Comments » // Conversational Circles

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A conversation with an experience management consultant over breakfast sometime ago after an exchange of business card…

“ConversationCircles, interesting! What is it about?”

“It’s about people having conversation in a circle…creating ‘space’ collectively and thinking together.”

“But what’s so new about meeting in a circle?”

“You are right, it’s not new. In fact, it has been around for a long long time. But we may have forgotten how to come together again.”

“You mean we don’t know ‘How’ to have conversation in circle?”

“There’s a possibility we might have forgotten ‘Why’ to have conversation in circle, and how to ‘Be’ in circle.”

“So do you think people will ‘pay’ you to teach them how to talk??”

“We hope to help people experience their conversation beyond the technological and conventional structure. The possibility of weaving collective wisdom through different experiences…”

We have not met since the last conversation.

A participant in a senior leadership role recently came up to me after the first day of a circle process to identify leadership traits her organization was looking to establish for their quantum leap into the future; to visualize how would the leaders of tomorrow be like.

“You did this on purpose, right?” She asked.

“Pardon me?” I was taken surprised by her intruding tone.

“I meant we come with certainty of how we wanted our future leaders to behave but the process seemed to have taken us on this mysterious ride to nowhere…now we are unsure about what we want.”

“How do you feel now?” I asked sensing that this might be a great opportunity for her to share openly.

“To be frank, I actually felt…good. I mean the curiosity within the group was unexpected but genuinely positive. I am actually looking forward to see how this circle thing will lead us to discover more about what we want…and need.” She shared intently with her enthused eyes.

Are you ready to take the journey from what you know to the unknown?

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