Sample Of D.I.A.L.O.G.™ Programs"
In the beginning of each session we will introduce the definition of Dialogue, and the 3 key skills needed – suspension, listening and discovery; as well as the difference between dialogue and debate.
1- D.I.A.L.O.G.™ between Cultures:
Culture is the lens through which we view our World, it controls our actions, values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. Each category of human beings whether based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, and color have their own culture. Dialogue is a way of observing, collectively, how hidden values and intentions can control our behavior, and how unnoticed cultural differences can clash without our realizing what is occurring. Through proper dialogue collective learning takes place and out of which a sense of increased harmony, fellowship and creativity can arise. Dialogue can be used to open communication, break down stereotypes and facilitate more productive relationships.
2- D.I.A.L.O.G.™ between Genders:
The workplace has been changing dramatically over the past few decades. Women have entered careers where they had traditionally not been seeking. Together, with the anti-discrimination laws that protect women as a protected class, we have seen the rise of women executives numbers in the corporate world.
Dialogue is how you communicate across difference soften lead to distrust, misunderstanding and reduced productivity, in a way both respectful and effective, when you’re having trouble communicating.
We can often surface the myths, bias, and assumptions, in ourselves and in others, that can stand in the way of effective organizational communication. In so doing we build mutual trust and respect, by breaking down gender stereotypes and improve communications between men and women at work.
3- D.I.A.L.O.G.™ between Generations:
Dialogue between older, younger and generations in between, with an ultimate objective to promote mutual understanding, tolerance and appreciation of the different cultures of all the generations at play, is the key.
Dialogue can uncover how different personal and world views of different generations can lead to misunderstandings and distrust, help overcome age barriers, develop further, intellectual life for the benefit of the organization, and build more productive workplace relationships.
4- D.I.A.L.O.G.™ between Religions:
Claims to exclusive truth and absoluteness threaten to damage or even wreck the dialogue of religions. Respect and tolerance with regard to other religions is, however, a fundamental prerequisite for interreligious dialogue and co-operation. And yet real respect begins when one can assert their own personal religious truths for oneself while accepting another’s differing religious truth and conviction as authoritative and valid without restrictions.
The dialogue will focus on human interaction and peaceful behavior that will create at least an understanding and respect of different theories, behaviors and beliefs
5- D.I.A.L.O.G.™ between Sexual orientations:
How many times have we heard the expression “That is so gay!”? Did we ever consider the dilemma of a transgender colleague choosing which bathroom to use?
Achieving understanding of a sexual orientation or gender identity other than one's own is a challenge of knowledge, experience, and empathy. The differences of sexual and gender diversity are not always obvious, like the superficial physical traits. Sexual orientation is at the core of the very personal of feelings and behaviors. Discussions about our bodies, feelings and behaviors often evoke presumptions of different values. As a result, questions are not asked, attitudes are not examined.
Dialogue will initiate the re-examining of our attitudes, asking questions, seeking knowledge, and reflecting on our perceptions, and beliefs. The bridge is crossed from opinion, to knowledge, to understanding.
6- D.I.A.L.O.G.™ between Abilities& Disabilities:
A disable person as defined by the “ADA” is someone who has a physical or mental impairment, or has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment, that substantially limits that person in one or more life activities.
The dialogue will reach beyond the protective laws to discover the thoughts, feelings, perceptions of a disable individual, and the various forms of disabilities. Dialogue will help understand these individuals’ unique qualities and assets, varied experiences that can enhance a company’s culture and acquaint the organization with diverse client bases, to embrace them within the workforce.
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