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Dialogic Organization Development by Gervase R. Bushe, Robert J. Marshak, Edgar H. Schein

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12Framing Inquiry

The Art of Engaging Great Questions

Nancy Southern

Over years of consulting and teaching, many of us have come to understand that power resides in great questions. Inquiry supports continuous learning and brings people into a space where values, aspirations, and dilemmas can be shared. We might call this a field of inquiry where discovering together develops relationships of trust and commitment. As people enter this field of inquiry, learning together rather than just sharing what is already known, they can develop new understandings, craft new metaphors and images of the future, and develop strategies to move forward.

This chapter discusses how to create a field of inquiry, construct powerful questions, and engage people with ...

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