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  • 1. How did you learn about Conversations for Action?:

    From "Understanding Computers and Cognition"

    2. How has this learning contributed to your views and your participation in the world?:

    It is absolutely a ground-breaking book, because it is a brilliant application of the work of Austin and Searle to the world of work.  I do not know if there is historically a better work in applied philosophy since the Talmud.  I thank Fernando for writing the essays and Maria for collecting them.

  • 1. How did you learn about Conversations for Action?:

    I learned about this website through the consulting firm Vision.  However, I have known of Fernando's work in this area since at least 1986 when a number of my colleagues were taking a course from Fernando at that time.  If possible, please communicate to Fernando my deep gratitude for the availability of his work in this world.

    2. How has this learning contributed to your views and your participation in the world?:

    Based on Fernando's work I have learned to listen to what people are committed to in conversation.  This capacity has transformed the way I relate to them in terms of care and concern as well as dignity and respect. I utilize this work in developing others in their workplace.  This development has led to an expanded capacity to demonstrate leadership and take responsibility for their future - a future that at first they did not think was possible.

  • 1. How did you learn about Conversations for Action?:

    In the early 90's, I worked for Insync Systems, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area. They were an Inc Magazine Top 500 company which prouded itself in cutting-edge technology and innovated business solutions and ideas. They had adopted this "different" way of communicating with their internal and external customers. We all felt like we were speaking a foreign language.

    2. How has this learning contributed to your views and your participation in the world?:

    Now, more than 20 years later, I find I still use the valuable skills I learned with the "Conversations for Action" process. I've found it lessens miscommunication, affords one the ability to decline requests, and adds a level of respect to all conversations.
    I even brag of its usefulness to my current bosses and peers.
    Thank you!

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