As adults, we learn on a day to day basis. Being in continuous dialogue with others like our peers, friends, and experts can be a great source of this learning. If we pursue it more consciously, dialoguing can put us into a virtuous cycle of learning, development, innovation, increased performance and self satisfaction.
But how does dialoguing can be so fruitful. There are two plausible reasons for the phenomenon.
The structuration side of dialogue
Ideas, concepts and worldviews often remain vague and fluid till we give them expression. When we are in conscious dialogue with someone else or even with ourselves, deeper ideas tend to cohere together into a unified entity. Their vagueness and untenability gets exposed during the expression and hence it solidifies into a clearer and tenable concept. Sounds familiar. Try writing your thoughts. At first it may be very frustrating, but with little persistence, the ideas tend to cohere and crystalize into a structure that is both logical and explainable. When one writes or speaks, often one gets surprised at the outcome’s clarity.
The evolutionary side of dialogue
So, when we have a concept, however clear and tenable it may be, it can always undergo change as others express ideas and one picks up cues that appear logical to oneself. Our schema or worldview of something may also get shaped by the process of dialogue with others. And that’s learning. Have you noticed that some movies or books often leave us thinking, it actually influences our mental schema.
So, if one approaches dialoguing seriously, it can be a potent source of learning and development, which is organic and non threatening.
Inspiration, emotional arousal and feelings are always part of this process. And that can be handled positively if there is a friendly counsellor or a mentor to help you with the dialoguing process.
INDID, India Digital Innovation Dialogue is a sincere attempt by us at Coeus Age to help technology leaders get into a constructive dialoguing process that brings forth their innovative side along with making the whole process a virtuous cycle of learning, development, and performance.
We are thankful to Micro Focus for supporting us in this endeavour of ours.