Having Successful Conversations


A special collection of Business901 podcasts on the subject of conversations. The collection totals over four hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance.



Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short story. In an age of shrinking attention spans, non-stop interruptions, floods of information, the messages business leaders send out are getting lost in a sea of words. His new book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Wiley & Sons, 2014) tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.


Dialogue MappingTM with KC Burgess Yakemovic of Cognexus Group.  KC has over 25 years of experience capturing and using decision-making rationale within both the corporate and small business environments. She worked with Jeff Conklin (author of Dialogue Mapping: Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems) during his early research on the technology needed to support the IBIS methodology in the “real world.”   Since January 2011, KC has been the Director of Training at CogNexus.


Tom MacKay is the founder of MacKay Solutions. Tom first trained as a psychologist and in NLP in 1990 and since then  has become one of the most respected NLP  trainers in the UK. Tom is a Master Trainer of NLP, the highest level that can  be attained, and is the only INLPTA Master Coach Trainer in the UK. He has appeared on television on the BBC show “Pay Off Your  Mortgage” and recently filmed a pilot show on family dynamics.


The Process Communication Model (PCM) was developed by Dr. Taibi Kahler, and Judy and Joe Pauley have been teaching and implementing this model for over twenty years. Their website for more information is Kahler Communication.


Steve Portigal. author of Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights, is the founder of  Portigal Consulting. Steve was my guest on the Business901 podcast, Uncovering Compelling Insights.


Dr. Reldan, “Relly,” Nadler is a leading psychologist and Executive Coach focusing on developing and providing cutting edge Emotional Intelligence tools and strategies for CEO’s, Executives, leaders, managers and their organizations and teams.  His newest book, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, gives hands-on solutions to become these problems and more.


Eli Schrangenheim has been part of the Theory of Constraints movement practically from the beginning. He started working with Dr. Goldratt as a programmer to program a game for adults that would teach them how to think over 25 years ago. He is the author of Management Dilemmas: The Theory of Constraints Approach to Problem Identification and Solutions.  


In Russ Unger’s new book Designing the Conversation: Techniques for Successful Facilitation (Voices That Matter) he discusses the ability to communicate and the practice of setting up the conversation to make them productive.


Craig Weber is the founder of The Weber Consulting Group, an alliance of experts committed to helping organizations and teams build their capacity for engaging tough, wicked, adaptive challenges. He’s consulted to an expansive roster of world-class clients, helping them improve their performance by treating dialogue as a discipline. His unique work is outlined in his ground-breaking book, Conversational Capacity: The Secret to Building Successful Teams That Perform When the Pressure Is On.


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