Dialogue and the Joy of Discovery
Monthly, Move Mountains staff gather for a two-hour mini-retreat and book club. Some join in person, some Skype in from all over the country. We read a book each month related to mindfulness, neuroscience, corporate leadership, communication, teamwork, facilitation or any combination of these things. Then we dialogue. There is no debate, no decision making, no purpose beyond sharing, learning and enjoying inspiring conversation around topics that motivate and fuel our passion for work. As with our trainings, we practice dialogue and mindful communication, and we fail, and we try harder, and we get better with time and practice. It's a wonderful reminder that focus and presence are essential ingredients in communication.
Each month, I am amazed at the level of questioning, contemplating and sharing. In a world fraught with conversation that seems increasingly shallow and/or egocentric, the promise that curiosity, humility and experience bring to dialogue is enough to light the way. Dialogue brings simple joy, a childlike excitement that is fueled by team members asking questions, suggesting ideas and connecting knowledge to practice.
Over the last 7 months, our team has read the following books:
Buddha's Brain, by Dr. Rick Hansen
Zen of Listening, Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction, by Rebecca Shafir
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, by Laurence Gonzales
Team of Teams, by General Stanley McChrystal
Surviving Survival, by Laurence Gonzales
Mans Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Tips and Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, by Jennifer Stanchfield
December’s book is short… How to Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh
I feel grateful for the participation and engagement of our team. Move Mountains is fueled by passionate and inspiring team members brought together by common purpose.
Please feel free to read along with us and send us your thoughts on the books you read.
Until next time, enjoy the holiday season and keep in touch.
May you be well,
The Move Mountains Crew