Discussing the undiscussable. A workbook for improving group effectiveness and openness. Bob Dick and Tim Dalmau. This is a resource file which supports. Discussing the undiscussable. Dick, Bob, and Dalmau, Tim () Discussing the undiscussable: improving group effectiveness and openness. Paper prepared. Acad Med. Dec;89(12) doi: /ACM Discussing the undiscussable with the powerful: why and how faculty must learn to.

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The group and its members are thus locked into a system which is not as effective as it might be. Work individually and without talking, focus on the A and B lists.

If you wish, jot down ideas as they occur to you. You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. In any event, recognising what discussign an item easier or harder to move is important; it matters less whether or not you actually move any items. You are not required to move any items though you may do so if you wishonly mark them.

Discussing the Undiscussable: A Guide to Overcoming Defensive Routines in the Workplace

There is undiscussab,e requirement that the items themselves are discussed. As you think of something, write it down. A brief version for use in small groups might look something like this Continue to work individually and without talking to begin to compile a list of hard-to-discuss discussijg. Small groups containing between 3 and 5 people seem to be most effective in this activity.

And I like authors approach to work on himself in very compliant way with the approach. Strategies for Case Study Groups. No matter how effective or not the group is, it is then able to improve its performance over time. Continue to undiscussaboe individually and without talking. Understanding how the group operates is thereby impeded, and improvement made difficult or impossible. Dec 18, Yorgos Christoforou rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bill Noonan enlivens the s Paperback. These are strong taboos.


If diiscussing people in the small group know each other well, this gives them better information to work with, and often better transfer of what they learn to their existence outside the activity. When leaders become more skilled at inviting multiple perspectives and faculty more adept at broaching difficult conversations with those in power, differences are more effectively addressed and conflicts resolved.

Participants can then refer to their entries on earlier worksheets by folding them over. The activity will work more effectively, and you will get more out of it, if you understand the purpose and process.

No trivia or quizzes yet. To ask other readers questions about Discussing the Undiscussableplease sign up. Table of contents Foreword by Chris Argyris. The original document from which this was prepared was formatted as a workbook. In lengthier activities there may be a structured “climate setting” activity in lieu of the informal discussion.

Jonathan Undiscusxable rated it really liked it Nov 24, In the large or small group, use a vote to agree on group priorities for the conditions.

It is as if group members obey a complex set of rules. Then answer for both the other group and the present group.

How did they differ from the items which were least movable? Books by William R. Published October 5th by Jossey Bass first published September 28th On a sheet of butcher paper, list the conditions. A useful book to analyze and overcome workplace communication obstacles.

This document may be copied if it is not included in documents sold at a profit, and this and the following notice are included. If you do, I suggest you use only single-sided sheets.

Chris rated it really liked it Dec 04, Diane Butler rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Goodreads helps you keep discussimg of books you want to read. Eiscussing as long a list as you can in the time available. In which you compare notes on the nature of the undiscussables, at the same time adding to your individual A, B and C lists.


Christian Blunden rated it it was amazing Sep 26, Bill Noonan is an educator and consultant with an international practice that includes facilitation, conducting workshops, and designing web-based learning programs. Any groundrule-setting or climate-setting activity, therefore, can be strengthened by being preceded by an activity such as the one described in this workbook.

The easiest way to do this is for people to move into tentative groups, and then swap members between the groups until the best possible mix is obtained.

Thinking about moving items has probably drawn your attention to the differences between A, B and C items particularly between A and B items. It is important that you remain free to decide what you disclose, and how you disclose it. Description Since his landmark book Overcoming Organizational Defenses, Chris Argyris has extensively researched and written about how discusslng, smart people create vicious cycles of defensive behavior to protect themselves from embarrassment and threat.

Discussing the undiscussable

The combination of text, business fable, and interactive and reflective exercises is versatile in its application to both individuals and groups. At all times throughout the activity you decide for yourself undiscsusable of the items, if any, you reveal publicly.

To help you answer this question, consider what it was that made items movable? Thf information would you find it hard to discuss in the group? Noah rated it it was amazing Aug 22,