Claire writes: “On yesterday’s walk I saw a tiny muntjac deer pop his head out from behind some bushes. It was tempting to follow him quietly into the woods by stalking him. In the moment, I chose to continue with the walk I was on. I know that deer live in that wood. I can return to exploring that another day, if I choose.
In conversations, it can be easy to form a hypothesis from an observation or intuition, and follow it to see if we were right or wrong. When we are trying to work in partnership that causes an imbalance of power. Nigel Wellings said ‘Never know first, never know better, never think you know.’
In conversation, partnership means don’t stalk the deer – ask them: Is that a deer – what shall we do now?”
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