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On Dialogue Trees:

Some leaders are not multipotential conversationalists, especially those with a transactional bent or shaky socially or bogged down with to-dos. In leadership there is no such thing as "meaningless chatter". Every branch and twig of a dialogue tree can hold fruit, so get good at chitchat and peripheral conversations. These build flow and trust, strengthening the connection from twig to branch to trunk to root. A fun or mundane conversation today can lay a runway for a serious and consequential one tomorrow.