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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In fact, often the group members are not aware of them. The Work of Chris Argyris.

Readers will instantly recognize what has long been going on in the workplace, and will be able undiscussavle develop the skills to talk about it productively. What are the differences? The most damaging aspect of the rules preventing open discussion is that they hinder the giving of accurate feedback. Open Preview See a Problem?

Some of the taboos, however, prevent people from telling us what we need to undiscusszble if we are to understand their actions. Alternatively, if most people in the large group do not know each other well, it may be better to form groups of those people who know each other least undiscussaable.

Now look back over your three lists, and mark in some way those items which it would be most useful to discuss.

Noah rated it it was amazing Aug 22, An informal discussion follows on the possibility of agreeing to these conditions. View Instructor Companion Site. You will probably be able to add to your own Undiscussabpe, B or C lists with items suggested by what other people say.


The step at which people consider the conditions which help openness can discussinv developed into a full-fledged climate-setting activity such as that described in other documents we have prepared. Argyris calls it the cover-up of the cover-up.

Other concepts will be introduced at appropriate points throughout the workbook. Other rules, as Chris Argyris 2 has ths out, forbid people from mentioning that there are taboos. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In overview, the activity has nine main sections approximate minimum times in minutes, suitable for a 2-hour activity, are given in parentheses for each step No doubt these rules develop for good reason.

Jonathan Sibley rated it really liked it Nov 24, 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. Dankoski is associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development, Lester D.

Participants can then refer to their entries on earlier worksheets by folding them over. About 4 or 5 groundrules are usually appropriate, or preferably even fewer. It takes you through the steps in sufficient detail that you can work without a facilitator if someone is prepared to coordinate the activities of subgroups, and monitor the undiscussabls.


Dialogue is essential for transforming institutions into learning organizations, yet many well-known characteristics of academic health centers AHCs interfere with open discussion.

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

This book offers hope for altering organizational defensive routines by leveraging the greatest opportunity for change-the way we think and act. If you wish, jot down ideas as they occur to you.

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Discussing the undiscussable

In which you compare notes on the nature of the undiscussables, at the same time adding to your individual A, B and C lists. Helping Those Who Teach, Learn. Changing the operating style of a group can sometimes do a lot to increase the effectiveness and the joy of the group members. Linda Halverson rated it really liked it Jun 01, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This step is preparation for the step which follows immediately Each person who wishes to, speaking as an individual, identifies the condition s that she is willing to try to observe.

In Discussing the Undiscussable. Books by William R. Look back over your A, B and C lists, noting the type of information which appears there.

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