Each month, “Lochhead on Different” episodes explore the need to differentiate people, products, and services in a world that encourages a lot of imitation. Christopher Lochhead is a best-selling author, top podcaster, and former tech-industry CMO. Today, we discuss the current state of authentic dialogue, communication, listening, and civil discourse.
The Big Themes:
- Authentic dialogue is dying in America: Stanford Research shows us that people are caring more about themselves and less for others.
- Good conversationalist vs. “selfie”: Many people think the purpose of a discussion is to win. At one point changing your mind was called “learning.” Today it’s called flip-flopping.
- People are told to shout their story: Not to listen. Not to collaborate. Not to learn. Not to teach. Just “tell it.”
- We will either have civil discourse – or civil war: This is the time to elevate the value of authentic dialogue. In person. And online.
The Big Quote: “We talk to each other and if we’re human beings, we sort it out, that’s the best mechanism, just be human with each other.”
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