How does one person shut down a discussion?
I’ve had several instances in person and via email lately that I mentally thought….that was a discussion stopper. I wanted to explain how one person can do that--shut down a discussion that had it continued would have had some benefit to solve a problem or move a group on to accomplishments.
This is from Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen of the Harvard Negotiation Project---
They write about how you can give the impression of being unapproachable. One does it by appearing or being--
I think those attitudes are a good assessment of how one person can shut down a conversation.
Perhaps people who exhibit those attitudes ask what’s to be gained by discussion. I’d suggest
--all steps forward with civility.
What do you think?