Lately, I have been fascinated with what I like to call the “positivity” of NVC. The more I think about this aspect, the more I see it as core to what I consider NVC’s “magic.” This “positivity” is what makes NVC powerful and transformative.
Do you speak up at work---letting others know what you think and feel? And how often are others honest with you? Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric, considered candor the most crucial of all corporate behaviors. If people are not authentic about the work they are held accountable to do, then crucial information---and … Continue reading “Getting real” means getting things done.
I've long been a fan of Amanda Palmer and her band the Dresden Dolls (if you don't know her mix of cabaret-punk music, check out Coin Operated Boy which says a lot in three minutes about human longing.) About two years ago Amanda gave a TED talk on The Art of Asking and now has a … Continue reading True Love: Open Hearted Giving and Receiving
The greatest miracle in life is one I am blessed to see regularly: the magic, possibility, and creativity that emerges when a person is fully heard. Any resentment or hardness melts away. Their face lights up, their bodies relax, they come alive with new ideas and energy. They become open to hearing others--and trying anew. … Continue reading The greatest miracle in life…
As someone with an interest in cultural studies (as some of you know, my PhD focused on this area), I am always interested in how beliefs manifest in cultural systems and institutions and how, through this, different beliefs and practices are related. Foucault is known for his study of these kinds of connections, in the … Continue reading Respect and Integrity in Response to Violence
My passion---and, I believe, my greatest talents, are as a coach and trainer. With Work Collaboratively, I am thrilled to focus my energy to foster peace and healing in the world, by focusing on people's experiences in their organizations. I founded the Center for Collaborative Communication (then Brooklyn NVC) in 2004, I envisioned a community-based … Continue reading New Beginings!