Let the Conversations Continue: Interpret and Bridge Differences

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

MAYA ANGELOU, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings1

Jake and Rodney are now ready to delve into their different perspectives. This is their third conversation. Readiness to delve into differences may happen by the third conversation or it may not. It could happen before then, depending on the readiness and preparation of each party, as shown in our model for Bold, Inclusive Conversations. (See the figure on page 88.)

It is hard to say how you will know when you are ready. It will be a feeling of greater mutual understanding. ...

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