Put Something in the Middle of Difficult Conversations

Jan Jaffe and her colleagues at the Giving Practice have an excellent new DIY guide for Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices. Download it for free here. A short introduction on the Guide, and reflective practice for philanthropy is here.

How do skilled philanthropy practitioners navigate challenging situations in their work to get to meaningful connections and good outcomes? Interviews with dozens of them reveal a common ingredient: they each use reflective practices to help them observe, make sense of and adjust their behaviors. Our new guide focuses on four of these practices.

We especially appreciate the section on Letting the Right Brain In, and the sage advice to put something in the middle of difficult conversations:

Sometimes words need an aide-de-camp to catalyze authentic dialogue. Images, metaphors, stories and poems can encourage a different kind of sensemaking for moments freighted with history, unspoken expectations, or lack of clarity. If a dialogue between you and me is stuck, then talking through a third object, like a poem or image, may help deepen the conversation.

Download the full PDF here.

About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Many thanks to Steadman Harrison III, CEO of GO Innovation.com, and Senior Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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