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Volume: II     Number: 11 Productive Learning Systems, Altanta, GA November, 2003
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This month we're dialoguing about dialogue! We've got two articles concerning this this practice - one for individuals, and one for groups. We sure hope you keep the dialogue going and respond in the discussion forums.

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  Hotline: Workplace Communication

When in Conflict Try Dialogue

Some studies indicate that an organization spends as much as 40% of it’s time dealing with conflict. Conflict is all around us and comes from various sources: ethnicity, race, gender, job function, generation differences, differences in values, beliefs, ideas, etc. The conflict can be large or small. It is neither good, nor bad. Conflict can be constructive, or destructive, depending on how the parties choose to deal with the conflict. When people find themselves is serious conflicts, the parties perceive themselves being threatened and often will resort to destructive tendencies in order to protect themselves and their needs. There is an alternative that can pay major dividends to the parties and the organization. Here are some basic rules of dialogue.

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  Socratic Corner: Innovation and Critical Thinking:

Use Group Dialogue for Innovation

Whether you are an executive, project manager, or member of any organizational group trying to arrive at a breakthrough strategy, product innovation, or new process design, dialogue can provide the quality thinking that is pre-requisite for true innovation. Although the word dialogue is widely used, the process is rarely used, or practiced effectively. In this article I will cover what it is, vs. what it is not, and how to use it effectively.

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  Brain Health & Learning

Study Shows Promise on How to keep Your Brain Alive

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recently published its findings showing that mental training improved memory, concentration, and problem solving skills. The study, the largest of its kind, followed 2802 adults in their 60s after a 5 week course. The controlled study showed that those who received the training showed a 26% increase and maintained the gains made from the training for at least two years following the training.

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  Frontline: Best Practices in Leadership & Management

Managing Change Quick Tip

If you’re a manager, you’ve had plenty occasion to witness the resistance and non-compliance of following through on changes in the workplace. For some of the smaller changes, such as changes in systems, or procedures, here’s a quick simple tool that can help

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  Information Overload

Quick Tips on Improving Reading Recall

Do you find yourself having to re-read a paragraph you just read? Do you have trouble remembering what you read just yesterday? Here are some easy exercises you can do to put a stop to this time wasting endeavor of information overload.

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