Conversation Killers, Part 1 – Introduction
Progress, change and innovation all require effective conversations. In order for the best ideas to emerge and gain traction, you must regularly engage in dialogue that allows for good ideas to collide, creativity to run free, and people in your church or organization to invest in the things they are passionate about, not just what they are paid to do.
A big part of this process is the environment you provide for these conversations. While the location will vary based on availability and purpose, there are some key considerations that can be applied to all of your meetings, planning sessions, formal and informal gatherings. We’ll look at location later on in this series. But if you haven’t watched Steven Johnson’s video Where Good Ideas Come From, go ahead and check it out.
Chances are, if your staff, team, or organization is not having focused, effective, results-based conversations, you’re stuck in stagnation, stranded on a plateau, or free-falling through decline.
None of those are fun. Its not what you signed up for.
Ask yourself this question: “What’s killing our conversations?” It’s a question worth asking not only yourself, but your staff, your team—anyone within your organization who qualified to speak into this issue, as well as do something about it.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting a series on Conversation Killers that will highlight some of the most common sticking points for teams and organizations trying to facilitate good conversations. I hope you’ll join in.