The difference between a discussion and a dialogue

I have been reflecting a lot lately on one of the guest speaker’s talks, specifically her mention of the difference between a discussion and a dialogue. I found this interesting resource that highlights some of these differences. When it comes to organizational change, I am yet to experience an environment that encourages constructive dialogue. For instance, one difference mentioned among the two is that in a discussion, feelings are typically avoided whereas in a dialogue others experiences and feelings are validated. I can only imagine what a workplace would like that had a safe space for folks to voice their genuine feelings about matters that affect them and their stakeholders. I hope I get to experience this some day.

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