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Daily Practice for 2017.10.10 – What crucial conversation will you have? How will you have it?

Daily Practice for 2017.10.10 – What crucial conversation will you have? How will you have it?

Meditation I'm reading an excellent book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, by Kerry Patterson. I like it because it taps into some of the things that Peacemaking Circles do even though it isn't at all about Peacemaking. And, let's face it, not everyone is going to want to sit down and have a Peacemaking Circle with me. It's important because it taps into an experience I recently had. Without giving too much away, it went like this: Person A, Bill, does something that is in conflict with organizational goals and with other people. Bill does not contact anyone so ill will festers. There are feasible reasons for the non-contact like extensive travel. Finally, a conference call is had. Bill keeps talking about the decision in the third person. Such as "they
Daily Practice for September 14, 2016

Daily Practice for September 14, 2016

Word:  Today I am beginning my six week teaching series on "At the Table: Holy Mystery in Discussions of Race." The first unit is titled "On Process." I am of the opinion that when having deep discussions about race is the hardest work that must be done at this moment in time. There are wicked problems in this world. I ran across the phrase "wicked problems" while reading a book on design thinking. From wikipedia: A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The use of the term "wicked" here has come to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may rev