Dialogue and the art of thinking together

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-As Aristotle put it long ago, human beings are distinguished from other species by our ability to use language. Yet all too often-on the job, in businesses, and in our communication or personal lives—we don’t listen to one another. Invested in our views, we explain when we should inquire. Caught up in our own preconceptions, we disguise our feelings and our fears, and hide our very meaning. Our talk drives us apart. As William Isaacs points out dialogue is more than exchange of words, but rather an embrace of different points of view-literally the art of thinking together.