The factor that most clearly sets Bohm’s dialogue apart from other approaches (except perhaps Mendell) is the use of the body as the basis for the whole process. Bohm wrote and published extensively on this. It is largely ignored. It is difficult and challenging, and is impossible to become skilled at if you only dabble with it in a dialogue circle. It requires a significant inner commitment, both in and out of the dialogue. Any dialogue group, or program, that does not understand the centrality of the body in Bohm’s approach should not claim any link to Bohm. These are strong words – but they are the truth.
Bohm’s dialogue is not about leadership. You will be hard pressed to find that word in any of his writings or recordings. When his dialogue is contextualized in this way, it is a misrepresentation. This is not to say that a link cannot be made – even a valid one – but dialogue is not designed to be harnessed to the horses of leadership. Finding a leadership “link” that has integrity? Difficult, but not impossible. If you find it, that is another step forward. Maybe. Continue reading