Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up 1

Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up
I was shown in a facilitation learning event a short video clip.   It is about a retreat for 50+ people in an organisation design and facilitated by a facilitator   It is the kind of upbeat video with delightful music which showed the smiling faces, colourful wall-charts, fun activities, etc.   There were captions indicating how much ...

Unconscious Collusion with Learners 1

Unconscious Collusion with Learners
“I’ll say nice things about your workshop / coaching if you spare me the pain in learning about myself.” I was reading an article, and there is a line like above (I modify it a bit).    The collusion we can get into unconsciously….  e.g. probably simply with an exchange of eye contact and smile.   The ...

Rethinking Experiential Learning – Part 2

Rethinking Experiential Learning - Part 2
(Continued from my last post of the same topic) I was involved in running an outdoor experiential learning activity recently in an Executive Education event.    Interesting insights – First, it actually can be run in a way that works for certain learning objectives.   Second, I possibly ‘contributed’ to the limitation of such learning approach. Learning ...

Rethinking Experiential Learning – Part 1

Rethinking Experiential Learning - Part 1
I gained some new perspectives on experiential learning recently.   In the last few years, I had growing skepticism on this learning approach.   Experiential learning approach has its merits.   First, it takes the participants into unfamiliar context, both conceptually (e.g. climbing the wall instead of finishing a powerpoint) and physically (e.g. in the wood instead of ...

Intended Messiness – Part 3

Intended Messiness - Part 3
The 2nd question to reflect on is ‘What are ‘good’ odd moments and what are those ‘bad’ ones to avoid?’    By ‘bad’, I mean those odd moments which are not conductive to the learning objectives.   As such, the answer to this question is really ‘it depends’.   On one extreme, if the learning intervention is about ...

Intended Messiness – Part 2

Intended Messiness – Part 2
Following from the argument from the last post, there are 2 questions How to assist the participants to learn from the odd moments instead of just staying in the ‘complaint’ mode in those moments? What are ‘good’ odd moments and what are those ‘bad’ ones to avoid? Capitalizing Messiness – To the first question, the ...

Intended Messiness – Part 1

Intended Messiness - Part 1
Scenario – Along with others, you designed and ran a 3-day workshop.   For various reasons (e.g. flow design, learners’ composition), on Day 2 morning, a few participants criticized strongly and openly their workshop experience on Day 1.   It was a hard time for the facilitators to deal with the dynamics on spot, and adapted subsequently. ...

Drawing out thoughts and emotions (Cont’d)

Drawing out thoughts and emotions (Cont'd)
                [.. continued from last post] Third, it is the space.  We held the session in her quiet little penthouse in a very old house.   From where I sit, I can see the trees through a small window.   The room is ‘populated’ with books.   The lighting is mild ...