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

Working individually and without talking, from the “conditions” list choose the 3 most important conditions, excluding your own offerings from your chosen three. Many of the results are undiscussable.

This list won’t be explicitly used; its purpose is to prepare your mind for the step which follows. Your facilitator may change this number of items.

Request permission to reuse content from this site. You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Try to form small groups, each of which is an effective small group for 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.


These are strong taboos. Bob Dick and Tim Dalmau. In which you compare notes with other group members on the conditions which would make it easier for you to discuss the items on your lists, particularly the B items. Daniel Temme rated it it was amazing Apr 14, Bob rated it really liked it Sep 19, Zachary Harless rated it it was amazing Jun 22, No doubt these rules develop for good reason. Want to Read saving….

A brief final discussion of the activity and its results is held in the large group, preferably facilitated.

So it is useful if group members are able to make informed judgments about the way the group operates, and agree on changes if that is desirable, as it usually is. Kimberly rated it really liked it Aug 08, Are there one or two items there which you could almost move to your A list? Then answer for both the other group and the present group.

Discussing the undiscussable

Bypass Tactics and Covering Up: Lists with This Book. Christian Blunden rated it it was amazing Sep 26, On a sheet of butcher paper, list the conditions. The Work of Chris Argyris. The step at discussimg people consider the conditions which help openness can be developed into a full-fledged climate-setting activity such as that described in other documents we have prepared.


Books by William R. Rigid hierarchies, intense competition for resources, and the power of peer review in advancement processes all hamper difficult conversations, thereby contributing to organizational silence, and at great cost to the institution.

Eng Abdullah rated it liked it Jun 18, As you think of something, write it down. The group and its members are thus locked into a system which is not as effective as it might be. If you find this hard, don’t be concerned.

Small groups containing between 3 and 5 people seem to be most effective in this activity. In the large or small group, use a vote to agree on group priorities for the conditions. Gusic was, at the time this was written, executive associate dean for educational affairs, Dolores and John Read Professor of Medical Education, and professor of pediatrics, Indiana University School hte Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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