Strategic conversations are conversations that include anywhere from 12 to over 1,000 people. These conversations are designed to enable large groups of people to quickly 'get on the same page'. This can include gaining clarity regarding a desired future, understanding the current situation in the context of the desired future, to then agreeing on the steps to be taken to move forward. New technology including twitter has suddenly and exponentially increased the power and possibilities for strategic conversations.
Recently Dr Andrew O'Brien from Organisations That Matter facilitated a strategic conversation that was hosted by the CEO of Telecom New Zealand as part of their Customer Summit process. Twitter was used to include people from 'outside the room' and proved to be an outstanding success. Our understanding is that this was a world first for this type of conversation.
If you are interested in finding out more about that specific conversation, check out this blog that was posted by a participant.
As a facilitator of strategic conversations is it exciting to see the possibilities that new technology is bringing to 'face to face' communication. The question for you to consider is, 'when do you plan to host a strategic conversation?'.