dian killian 200x250In the Spotlight: Dian Killian


Dian Killian, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Work Collaboratively and shares Collaborative Communication with organizations, groups, and individuals.

She designs and leads transformative communication trainings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for diverse organizations including large NGOs, multinationals, non-profits, startups, and Fortune 100 companies. Her clients have included the U.N. Nations Development Program (UNDP), New York University, Merck Inc., HCL Technologies (India), Americorps, and Maryknoll Missionaries, among many others.

Dr. Killian is also a certified executive/life coach (graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program), and founder and former director of the Center for Collaborative Communication. She is the co-author of two books, Connecting Across Differences: A Guide to Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication (in English and German), and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY. She also publishes a blog and podcast and has been featured frequently as a guest speaker/trainer.

In addition to her work with organizations, Dian designs and leads workshops and retreats for the general public, including the International NVC Women’s Retreat, which she founded, as well as programs at the New York Open Center, Kripalu, Life Labs, the Omega Institute, and the 92nd Street Y, among others. She is also on the faculty of the NVC Academy.

Dian now has over 20 learning resources available in the NVC Multimedia Library. Dian is also leading a live videoconference, Empathy Magic, beginning May 9th.

Self-Management = More Joy at Work

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 5 - 8 minutes
Want to manage more effectively with more ease and joy and get your staff to make changes? The first, crucial step is to learn how to change your behavior to impact what's happening. For example, we can get the inner clarity we need to reframe questions we ask ourselves, recap, make clear requests, give concrete feedback, etc. This article expands on how self-management can increase influence...
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Embracing the Body: Learning Compassion as a “Felt-Sense”

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 5 - 8 minutes
Our "felt-sense" can provide crucial information about our experience and our lives. It can also help us integrate and retain information. This can also bring greater access to internal resources, choice, open heartedness, collaboration and creative solutions. From there, profound insight and transformation can follow. Here's how we can harness that...
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Empathy in the Face of Powerful Structures

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 12 - 18 minutes

Here's an inspiring story of one citizen (the author) who faced a police officer and judge in court to contest a transit ticket... and inspired structural changes in the way one aspect of New York City transit operates. She inspires change with her application of empathy for self and others, acknowledgement, connecting requests -- and an inspiring vision of understanding, shared reality and living in a city where people have some trust in one another's intentions.

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What’s Love Got To Do With It? A Thousand Ways to Say, “I Love You”

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 6 - 9 minutes
The impulse to say "I love you" is an opportunity to check-in both with our level of presence (eg. are we saying it by rote?) and also with what we really mean in that moment (eg. what are the needs and real purpose deep beneath the word "love"?).  This can invite us to explore a deeper, more heartfelt way of communicating and being...
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Creating Peace and Change: A Multi-Level Approach

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Article  •  Read time: 12 - 18 minutes
Why does NVC practice, and NVC training/coaching, appear to be not enough to bridge divides between people? This article takes a look at the trickle down effect of our societal conditioning, what we can add to our NVC lense, and what we can do "upstream" when NVC doesn't seem to be enough. Additionally, the article talks about unseen constraints that men, women and minority groups face in organizational settings...
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NVC Conversations About Privilege and Power-Over

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All Skill Levels  •  Article  •  Read time: 9 - 14 minutes

Some people in the NVC community consider the words "privilege" and "power" triggering and/or evaluative. From this perspective, how can the concepts of "privilege" and "power" be considered part of the NVC teaching?  This writing piece examines the power and privilege debate.  It also discusses what the author sees as Marshall Rosenberg and Gandhi's stance on the subject...

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4 Steps to Effective Feedback

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Multimedia  • 
Join CNVC Certified Trainer Dian Killian to find out how to speak up in a way that ensures you're heard, even in challenging situations.
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Reframing OFNR for the Workplace

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Audio  •  00:07 hours:minutes
Listen in as Dian reframes the 4 steps of NVC (observations, feelings, needs, requests) into everyday words you might hear at work.
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Managing Collectively: New, Empowered Ways to Get Things Done

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Beginner Skill Level  •  Audio  •  01:08 hours:minutes
Enjoy Dian's overview of the 4-step model and its application to the workplace. Learn how NVC can help you: generate intrinsic motivation… discover creative solutions… create greater accountability and buy-in…reinforce behaviors you like and change others… and experience a LOT more fun, joy and aliveness at work!
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Hit the Ground Running: How to Build and Sustain your NVC Business (Session 1)

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Video  •  01:10 hours:minutes

Listen in as Dian shares her vision for spreading NVC through the world, and engages with participants in sharing their visions, and the areas in which they are seeking support. This session stresses the value of visioning work.

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