Like many others, when I decided to start my own business, I thought long and hard about the name. Finally Dialogue Links presented itself naturally – as a noun and a verb, a state of being connected and a dynamic activity.
Dialogue – our communication with one another – is the essential link, the connection we have with each other as human beings. The kind of connection we make can either undermine our best efforts, or which makes everything possible. And of course dialogue is as much about listening as talking, as much about connecting with ourselves as connecting with other people.
Communication is both a highly technical activity and a state of mind. In a curious paradox, the more we go out to connect with others, the more we find we need to know about ourselves, our world perspectives, our values, our assumptions. Establishing meaningful connection with the people around us means also honouring personal values and a sense of personal integrity – and according others the same respect.
The line is often quoted, ‘To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.’ (Polonius in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’). However in order to be authentic in our relationships with others we need to know ourselves…and everyone knows what a tough trick that is!
That’s why I don’t offer ‘spin’ solutions. I work with my clients to build teams and organisations where communication aligns with the highest aspirations of personal and organisational values. And the evidence that these values exist? When you hear colleagues talking with each other.
If this sounds like the way you want to move forward – personally, professionally and within your team or organisation, contact me for a conversation.