Is it dialogue, discussion, or is it debate? There is a difference, and each has its value. Do you know the difference? Would you recognize dialogue if you heard it in your workplace?
To guide you through this question, let’s distinguish dialogue from the other common forms of communication—debate and discussion first.
Debate is combative and seeks to be victorious; it wants to express itself and say it is better than you.
Discussion can be described as debate trying to play nice. Much like debate, it is interested in advocating its viewpoints and challenging those of others.
Dialogue, on the other hand, seeks to find a shared connection. It is not concerned with winning or losing; rather, it aspires to listen more deeply, understand more fully, and build a collective perspective.
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