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understanding of interdependent
tensions, as well as an increased ability
to recognize polarities and manage
them. Polarization and divisiveness
appear to be seen, felt and experienced
more keenly these days. For example,
organizations continue to work
on balancing centralization versus
decentralization and must simultaneously
manage the polarities of " growth and
reduction, " " individual and collective, "
and " structure and flexibility. "
Organizations are also working on
the seemingly divided nature of
politics, race, gender and beliefs.
However, these polarities provide
an opportunity to rethink the shared
situation that we find ourselves in.
Organizations can now look at the
combination of their challenges as
a collection of ongoing tensions
between groups, priorities, tasks,
projects and individuals.
Currently, we have an opportunity
to " check-in " with how we've been
thinking, acting and evolving as
individuals and collective groups.
Our opposable thumbs and ability
to express our thoughts and feelings
through language are what set humans
apart from the rest of the animal
kingdom, and this is the essence of
relationships and conversation. It is
the tensions between our long-held
beliefs, the illusion of knowledge,
flawed reasoning, individual and
collective biases, and irrational
judgments that generate energy for
noteworthy progress. The multitude
of tensions presents an opportunity
for conversations and healthy,
equitable, collective changes.
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Conversations are the most underutilized
technology. Conversations provide
an avenue for making ethical,
comprehensive and equitable decisions.
Conversations can cause harm, as well
as bring positive change. Therefore,
conversations are our primary hope
for collective improvement in a world
that is desperate for a renewed and
sustained form of human connection
and progress.
WHAT IS CONVERSATION?
Recognizing conversation is fairly
easy. Conversation is typically defined
as an oral exchange between two or
more people. However, it is time to
expand that definition. Conversation
is an interaction of senses across
time and space. Conversation is more
than a verbal exchange; it is possible
to have a conversation through text
or sign language. Conversations can
be held using our senses of touch,
smell, taste, sound, vision and even
intuition.
Without making the notion of
conversation too complex, it is
possible to have a conversation
with yourself. It is possible to have
a conversation through a piece
of music; it is possible to have a
conversation through a shared hug. It
is also possible to have a conversation
across extended periods of time,
where interactions span days, weeks,
months or even years. This expanded
definition of conversation provides a
tremendous opportunity for improving
our interactions, words, beliefs,
actions, decisions and relationships.
IS LEADERSHIP AN
INDIVIDUAL OR COLLECTIVE
PRACTICE?
Stephen Covey said, " Leadership in
the industrial age was a position, but
leadership in the knowledge age is a
choice. " Leadership is a practice; it is
beyond a role or title. It is not bestowed
as an assumed privilege. Unfortunately,
there is a traditional, implicitly shared
definition of leadership that often
brings to mind authoritarian, commandand-control,
and divide-and-conquer
mannerisms. While there are moments
and situations where that approach can
be effective, we are now more aware
that a broader concept of leadership is
needed in the majority of situations.
CONVERSATIONS
PROVIDE AN AVENUE
FOR MAKING ETHICAL,
COMPREHENSIVE
AND EQUITABLE
DECISIONS.
WHAT IS CONVERSATIONAL
LEADERSHIP?
Conversational leadership - as defined
by one of its emerging founders,
David Gurteen - is " appreciating the
extraordinary but underutilized power
of conversation, recognizing that we
can all practice leadership and adopt
a conversational approach to the way

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Elevating Leadership Development
Table of Contents
Preparing Leaders for the 'New Normal'
How Does the Rise of Artificial Intelligence Impact Leadership?
Soundbites for Consideration
Leadership: The Bottleneck or the Breakthrough for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Dip Into Leadership: Identifyiing Emerging Leaders During a Time of Change
Give Your Leadership a Vertical Lift
Creating Conversational Leadership
A Blueprint for Remote Leadership That Works
Leadership Development is About Capacity, Not Just Competencies
How to Create Leadership Fluency: Cultivating Communities of Practice for Seasoned and Aspiring Leaders
Leveraging Data to Increase Leadership and Team Effectiveness in the Flow of Work
The Power of Practice
Brain-based Leadership Development: What Exactly Are You Scaling?
Learner Mindset
Recent Acquisitions Position eLearning Brothers as a One-stop-shop Solution
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Intro
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 1
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 2
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - CT1
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - CT2
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Elevating Leadership Development
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 4
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 5
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Preparing Leaders for the 'New Normal'
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - How Does the Rise of Artificial Intelligence Impact Leadership?
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Soundbites for Consideration
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Leadership: The Bottleneck or the Breakthrough for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Dip Into Leadership: Identifyiing Emerging Leaders During a Time of Change
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 18
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Give Your Leadership a Vertical Lift
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Creating Conversational Leadership
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - A Blueprint for Remote Leadership That Works
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Leadership Development is About Capacity, Not Just Competencies
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - How to Create Leadership Fluency: Cultivating Communities of Practice for Seasoned and Aspiring Leaders
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Leveraging Data to Increase Leadership and Team Effectiveness in the Flow of Work
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - The Power of Practice
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Brain-based Leadership Development: What Exactly Are You Scaling?
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Learner Mindset
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2021 - Recent Acquisitions Position eLearning Brothers as a One-stop-shop Solution
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