With just eight letters, ‘dialogue’ is one of the shortest words in the English language incorporating all the vowels.
This, to me, sums up the mission of our journal perfectly. In just one word, all the sounds of the English language are merged. And I believe this is how a dialogue should be – concise, inclusive, all-encapsulating, but, most importantly, useful. Dialogue – whether in a meeting, at a networking event or at the water cooler – should always lead to knowledge being shared or a great idea taking shape.
On that point, we invite you to enter into ‘dialogue’ with some of the business world’s leading lights. We took the challenge of how to make leadership ‘truly global’ to international executives from Bosch and Fujitsu, encouraging them to analyze the issue. And in this issue we reveal the findings of a global qualitative study ‘Inside the mind of the CEO’ taking stock of the plans of the world’s high-profile managers and asking what is needed from ‘new leaders’.
Dialogue is not frightened to tackle difficult themes. In this launch issue a collection of authors, including Anil Gupta, address the complicated topic of complexity and ambiguity, and how too much information threatens business growth. But drawing on examples from some of the world’s most agile corporates and investigating the psyche of complex individuals, they unveil nuggets of wisdom about how, if we as managers embrace complexity and rise above it, we can become ‘simplifyers’ and cut through the chaos.
If you have ever come out of a business briefing buzzing with ideas and fresh ways of thinking that you have never considered before, you’ll know how inspiring a productive conversation can be. But all too often – with so many ideas shooting across boardrooms or circulating in the online ether – the spark of a great idea is lost in the noise.
But that’s where this journal sets out to be different. We are bringing together some of the greatest business thinkers on Earth to share their insight, along with ground-breaking examples of business best practice from some of the world’s leading corporates. It is not a case of west teaching east, north teaching south or developed teaching emerging. This is a fair and equal forum of ideas, because we freely admit that no one has all the answers or business solutions.
My hope is that by talking about the pressing issues facing leaders, suggestions can be brought forward that might – just might – foster real change.
If you’re interested, the shortest word in English – with all the vowels – is ‘eunoia’, meaning a ‘well mind’ or ‘beautiful thinking’. So my advice is to read Dialogue with an open mind and perhaps something you discover will spark an idea in your thinking that will give you a new perspective that you can share with others.