Professional Conversations: Talk to the person not about the person!

“OPINION is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding”.
Bill Bullard

Have you ever thought of doing an audit on your own conversations? How many in a day or a week are what you consider professional conversations? Conversations that move you forward, that find a solution, that result in immediate action.
Whilst there is always time for some social chat, there should never be time for gossip, perhaps disguised as expressing concern, or conversations that have no result. Conversations that talk about someone without really trying to fix a problem. Talk to the person not about them. If you are in a conversation like this, shut it down or look for a genuine solution.

Some points remember

Rumination is the focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions.

Reconstructive memory is a theory of elaborate memory recall proposed within the field of cognitive psychology, in which the act of remembering is influenced by various other cognitive processes including perception, imagination, semantic memory and beliefs, amongst others.

Confabulation is a disturbance of memory, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.

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