David Gurteen

Blog Post: Thaler Pekar interviews me on Conversational Leadership

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Thaler Pekar recently interviewed me about my work on Conversational Leadership. She summed it up like this: "What do good leaders do in terms of influencing the world or people around them? They do it fundamentally through conversation. Hence this term Conversational Leadership.".

Blog Post: Leadership is a practice not a position of authority

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I have been thinking and reading about leadership for some years now, especially leadership in the context of Conversational Leadership but only recently learned of the work of Ronald Heifetz at Harvard and discovered that his views on leadership were remarkably similar to mine.

Blog Post: To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable being human

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I have long been a huge fan of David Weinberger. Read more about him here and watch the video. He is such an amazing thinker. In particular, I love his insights into conversation such as the one below. To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable being human - acknowledging you don't have all the answers, being eager to learn from someone else and to build new ideas together. You can only have a conversation if you're not afraid of being wrong.

Books I Read In 2018

David Gurteen

Not gonna lie. All those “Books of 2017” posts made me kinda wishing I kept a list of my own. No way for me to go back and figure out what I read last year (I give away most books once I’ve completed them) so instead will make this a living post, where I add as I finish. If we generously start 2018 on 12/26/2017, here’s what I’ve read so far in reverse-chron order: 4) Finding Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [non-fiction].

Blog Post: Do you have the capacity to hold a good conversation?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen In preparing for our Conversational Leadership workshop , Nancy Dixon , John Hovell and I keep coming back to the question " What is real conversation? " or "What makes a good conversation?" and the more we converse about it - the richer the picture that emerges.

List 100

Blog Post: Promoting Knowledge Management activities through my website

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I am always looking to help promote activities in the KM field. To this end you can: post events on my site. post jobs on my site. post news items on my site. In each case, the submission is held in a queue until I have checked it out and categorised it. This normally only takes a day or two. If the item is off-topic or I feel it is inappropriate for any other reason I reserve the right to delete it. The service is free

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: July 2019

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Without conversation, work stops [link] #KM #KMers #KnowledgeManagement #ConversationalLeadership #KnowledgeCafe #ConversationalWisdom. Adaptive Leadership, What Is It Really? The adaptive leader is one who faces complex challenges for which there are no easy answers.

Blog Post: Updates to my blook on Conversational Leadership July 2019

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I continue to develop my blook on Conversational Leadership by the day. I have been slowly adding profiles of people who have influenced and continue to influence my work. The profiles include a short one or two line description of the person and a brief description of how I know them. They also include links to Linkedin profiles, blogs, websites etc., along with links to the posts in my blook where their work is referenced.

Why we’re taking a tech break this holiday season

David Gurteen

When was the last time you checked your phone? Or better yet, are you reading this on your phone right now? According to NYU professor Adam Alter , the average millennial picks up their smartphone 150 times a day – and it’s not just to text their loved ones.

Blog Post: Benjamin Franklin's Junto Club led to the birth of the first US Public Library in 1731

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. I was driving into town recently and switched on the car radio and caught the last few minutes of BBC Radio 4 programme called Making History and was gobsmacked at my serendipitous discovery of a so-called "Conversation Society" founded in 1727!

Blog Post: Speech is already not as free as you might think

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I have written about freedom of speech in the past see Freedom of speech is more than just a value and continue to research and develop my thoughts for my blook - particularly in the context of the current discussions on hate speech and fake news.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: June 2019

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. The 20th World Knowledge Forum in Seoul in September this year has an interesting theme: Knowledge Revolution 5.0: Perspicacity Towards Prosperity for All. wkforum [link]. Sustainability is not enough: we need regenerative cultures by @DrDCWahl [link].

Blog Post: The Henley Forum 2020 Awards

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Just a reminder about the Henley Forum 2020 Awards. The awards recognise those who are advancing organisational practice. The Henley Forum would like to hear from people who are working to develop dynamic capability though knowledge, learning, change and innovation work. For example, by: enabling knowledge to flow. fostering organisational learning. facilitating organisational change and development. cultivating innovation. and collaborating across boundaries.

Blog Post: Calling all Oracy advocates

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Calling all Oracy advocates in the UK, if you have any evidence as to the impact of oracy in your setting - written or video - please submit it to the Oracy APPG (Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group). The deadline for written evidence is 9th August 2019. Numeracy: the ability to understand and work with numbers. Literacy: the ability to read and write. Oracy: the ability to express oneself in and understand spoken language.

Blog Post: Could “Conversational Leadership” Avert Deeply Troubling Times Ahead?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen As I hope you know by now. Nancy Dixon , John Hovell and I have been working closely together to develop the ideas that underpin Conversational Leadership and are running a three-day workshop on Conversational Leadership in September. I am finding this collaborative effort of enormous value, John, Nancy and I are different people, with different skill sets and a different focus on the subject of conversation.

Blog Post: The Paradox of Connection

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen We are becoming more connected with each other and less connected with each other at the same time. How do we turn this trend around? This is what John Hagel has to say about the paradox. We have the ability to connect with more and more people around the world, but our emotions are undermining our ability to make deeper and more fulfilling connections that can help all of us to achieve more of our potential.

Blog Post: Is conversation action?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I am often asked how to turn conversation into action. It's a crazy question as conversation is action. Let me justify that. It is evident that conversation does not change the physical world. Conversation, however, changes the wiring of our brains. It transforms our minds. It changes what we think about, and it shapes how we think. Conversation creates the conditions, in which actions and changes we would like to see in the world become possible.

Blog Post: Jonathan Norman interviews me about Conversational Leadership

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen If you have 15 minutes and would like to learn a little about Conversational Leadership then take a look at this short video interview that Jonathan Norman of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub held with me recently. You will find my blook on Conversational Leadership here

Blog Post: Will the future economy be a knowledge economy or a human economy?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen There is opinion that the Knowledge Economy does not exist or is a myth. Or that maybe it should be termed the Information or Digital Economy. People are also increasingly talking about the Human Economy or the Caring Economy.

Blog Post: Future Proofing the Organisation - Nadim Habib at Social Now 2018

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I spoke at Social Now 2018 in Lisbon back in May and the keynote speaker at the event was Nadim Habib who talked about Future Proofing the Organisation. An excellent talk - well worth watching

Blog Post: It may sound corny but love is the answer

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. It may seem corny, but love is the answer. I have long thought that to help cure many of the ills in the world that all we needed to do was "to care more." To care more about each other and to care more about our planet.

Blog Post: Dubai Knowledge Summit 2017

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation ( MBRF ) recently organized and held the fourth annual Knowledge Summit in Dubai. Here are a few videos that you may find of interest from the Summit

Blog Post: PowerPoint is still poisoning us

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen It's a while since I last talked about what I call conversational conferences - February 2013 to be exact. I am now starting to pull some of that old material into my blook and updating it.

Blog Post: The last of human freedoms

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen In 1989, I first read Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and he introduced me to the life and work of Viktor Frankl. Viktor Frankl was an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In 1946, he wrote the book Man's Search for Meaning.

Blog Post: Upcoming Henley Forum Events

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. If you are based in the UK or fancy a trip to the beautiful Thames valley countryside then take a look at these upcoming events at Henley Business School. Although they are primarily for members of the Henley Forum, a few guest places are always available.

Blog Post: Zoom World Values Day Knowledge Caf?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen My virtual Zoom World Values Day Café went off exceptionally well. 117 people registered from 25 countries but there is always a large drop-off and in the end I had 47 people from 16 countries - still a good turnout.

Blog Post: Zooming around

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. I ran another Zoom virtual Knowledge Café a few days ago. Yet again it went exceptionally well and I had some great feedback.

Blog Post: Peter Block on small group working

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen In reseaching for my blook on Conversational Leadership , I came across these words of wisdom in this short 90 second video clip from Peter Block about small group working. How do I get every voice in the room? How do I get people in the room who cross social distance levels?

Groups 158

Blog Post: We live in a hyperconnected, socio-technical world

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen As I write my blook on Conversational Leadership , I find myself capturing fragments of ideas that I know will get refined and fit in somewhere in due course. Here is one such fragment: We are not separate from the world. We are integrally connected. We are each a node of one huge global network. It is as if we are all attached by a large number of elastic bands to a multitude of other nodes: people, things, places, and history.

Blog Post: Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (2nd Edition)

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen One of the books that has influenced me the most over the last few years is Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block.

Blog Post: Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies Events

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum) has a meeting coming up on Thursday 27 September 2018 - Absorbing complex change. It's a members' only event but there are a few guest places available at £175 + VAT.

Blog Post: Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation Video

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen In June, I gave a talk on “Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation” at the European Commission's Knowledge Week In Brussels. You can now watch the full talk on the home page of my blook.

Video 130

Blog Post: Non-violent communication: Ed you have a big mouth!

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen My daughter Sally posted a short item on her blog recently about the verb "to be" and violent communication. Can we (or should we) ever say that 'something is', if it is not a permanent state of being?

Blog Post: He had his conversation in the world

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. A little while back I came across an online etymology dictionary and was fascinated to learn the roots and the evolution of the word "conversation". conversation (n.). mid-14c.,

Blog Post: Stammtisch bus seats

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I was talking with a client the other day who was helping to plan an internal conference for employees from all over the world, many of whom would not know each other, and we were brainstorming how she might get them to connect and talk with each other more. I suggested stammtisch tables at the conference but that was not viable but then the idea came to mind of "stammtisch seats" on the coaches that were going to ferry them from their hotels to dinner in the evenings.

Blog Post: Conversational Leadership Workshop

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Nancy Dixon , John Hovell and I are running a 3-day residential workshop on Conversational Leadership in the UK this autumn. You will find full details here. We have an amazing venue - the Elevetham - a Victorian Gothic Mansion set in an estate of 4,000 acres in the Hampshire countryside and a history dating back to the 11th century. We are also very excited about the content as John, Nancy and I bring diverse perspectives and skills to the 3-days.

Price 100

Blog Post: Coffee in the City

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. I walked past Lloyd's of London one evening last week on the way to meet my wife for dinner in the CIty and a little later passed where it all started in a coffee house over 300 years ago. Today Lloyd's is the world's leading market for specialist insurance. Amazing to think if it wasn't for coffee and 17th and 18th century London coffee houses that the City of London Financial Centre might not exist today

Blog Post: KM Summit 2019, London

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen The annual Ark Group KM Summit 2019 is coming up on 4 - 5 June, at the Cumberland Hotel in London. They have an excellent agenda with two streams, one for Legal KM and the other for the Corporate/Charity/Public sector. I am looking forward to giving a talk on the rationale behind Conversational Leadership in the plenary towards the end of the second day. I hope to see some of you there

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: March 2019

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. For society to change, we all have to start making small changes. Get out and talk to other people. Change your travel habits. Read more and different literature. Take some to sit and reflect. It sounds simple. but keeping at it will be the hard part.” link]. Wanna change the world? Have a conversation. link].

Blog Post: Resolve issues face-to-face whenever you can - not by email

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Let me share a true story. A friend of mine was told by their manager never to resolve problems face-to-face but to do it by an exchange of emails and to copy him so that there was an audit trail. Then if anything went wrong, it was obvious who was to blame. Sometime later, my friend noticed that the sales manager had made an incorrect entry in the new CRM database. It was a relatively trivial mistake.

Issues 138

Blog Post: Conversational Spaces

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. My blook on Conversational Leadership continues to grow and take shape.

Blog Post: Embedding Change: delivering value from knowledge and learning

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum ) is a members-only forum but some of its events are open to the public.

Change 158

Blog Post: Alternative facts are not really facts

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I am sure most of you by now will have heard the phrase alternative facts. This is what Wikipedia says if you are not familiar with the term.