THE LANGUAGE THAT WORKS TEAM
Sarah Dekker, Tara Wood and Samantha Wittenberg were drawn together by their shared love and delight in being able to communicate openly, deeply and honestly using Nonviolent Communication (NVC). We have been able to celebrate together the juicy and exciting events, as well as receiving empathy for the prickly and painful things that have been happening in our lives since we met!
Early in 2017, it became apparent that Samantha would have to go for an extended period to Australia, and Tara was due to give birth to her first child in a few months and Sarah was suddenly ‘on her own’. And yet, the partnership continues to evolve and blossom. Despite the challenges, we continue to move towards our shared vision of bringing NVC to the workplace as well as to implement it in our mediation work, where it fits so naturally.
A business partnership is similar to an intimate one in the challenges and growth it brings. Using NVC in all our interactions as partners and friends helps us to negotiate our needs for fairness, respect, collaboration and equality. This has been such a confirmation of how this language really does work!