In module five of leading for the future we cover:
In the Skills Workshop we introduced the idea of core skills for the adaptive learning to be effective - which included listening and open or powerful questioning. We could reflect that the skills of effective listening and open questioning are core to being able to lead adaptive change and being an effective leader.
If you are interested in reading more about the 'art of asking questions', then a recommended article is The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation and Action by Eric Vogt, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. You will find this article - together with a toolkit around managing effective conversations - on the World Café website.
"Referring to the introduction on their website, the "World Café" is an innovative yet simple methodology for hosting conversations about questions that matter. These conversations link and build on each other as people move between groups, cross-pollinate ideas, and discover new insights into the questions or issues that are most important in their life, work, or community. As a process, the World Café can evoke and make visible the collective intelligence of any group, thus increasing people’s capacity for effective action in pursuit of common aims."
"Left-hand / right-hand column"
Left-hand/right-hand column" is based on the work of Peter Senge. See: The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, Peter Senge et al (page 246) for an example and further explanation of the "Left-hand column" approach. If you want to read more about using this approach - both to analyse your conversations and to find ways of improving how you engage in conversations - then visit the Society for Organisational Learning website.
If you found the "left-hand / right-hand " approach enlightening, then you might want to explore a bit more around the concept of "dialogue". In working on our "wicked" and "adaptive" challenges, many of the difficulties we face relate back to conversations which do not go as well as we had planned or expected. Here are some suggested resources to help you explore more about effective dialogue: