The Power of Future Conversation (Government Version)

The Power of Future Conversation (Government Version)

This video is based on the work of author and consultant Kim Krisco and his book, "Leadership and the Art of Conversation."

Program length 17 minutes
Topics: Government, Communication, Listening
Conversation is a tool that gives leaders the power to translate possibility into action. Unlike the old saying, talk is not cheap. It is the driving force behind positive change and growth that moves people and organizations into the future. This film is based on the work of author and consultant Kim Krisco and his book, "Leadership and the Art of Conversation." According to him, meetings and other kinds of conversations can be highly effective tools for change. Leaders who are aware of the power of conversation use it as a precious asset, managing it to achieve unforeseen innovations and improvements. Six important principles are covered -- Be aware of conversation and pay close attention to how you speak and listen. Don't dwell on past conversations; use them to establish a connection and then move on. Be aware of, manage and change the broad, invisible, unspoken conversations that determine the way people see and interpret the world. Shift the conversation first from the past to the future and then to the present. Manage our listening and that of others by using affirmative, not reactive, listening. Go for a breakthrough.

Key Learning Points

  • Quickly discern conversation that is stalled in the past
  • Use future conversations to explore novel solutions
  • Use affirmative listening to prevent drifting back into the past
  • Make future possibility realities by focusing on specific tasks and goals

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