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 ...

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. ...

Individuation, Abstract Art and Corporate Learning (Part 2)

Individuation, Abstract Art and Corporate Learning (Part 2)
The question I raised in my last post is ‘What is the implication of the individuation concept to corporate learning?’ The individuation is the ultimate developmental work (psychologically).   Ideally, a more self-harmonious and self-aware individual would contribute better to the workplace. My first thought to the question is that most corporates would not really care.   ...

Improv Theatre and Emergence 1

Improv Theatre and Emergence
I normally find it hard to enjoy stage performance / show normally but the dinner performance in the IAF EMENA conference in Stockholm was indeed amazing, even inspiring!   They did improv theatre. I find them to be very creative in how to improv e.g. Randomly started a conversation between 2 actors. Another actor called ‘pause’ anytime ...

Tavistock Experience

Tavistock Experience
I attended a Tavistock Group Relations conference last Dec. It is a very unique experience to me.   It is a weird one as well.   There was a lot of ‘stuck-ness’, ambiguity and sometimes emotion in the conference.   It is ‘empty’ (in a neutral sense) where each participant can make different senses out of the ...

Leadership Development

Leadership Development
A friend of mine once attended a Leadership Development workshop all the way in the US.   I supposed it was a huge investment by the company who hired an external facilitator and flew talents from all over the world.   I was surprised when my friend showed me her course material.   It was basically a presentation skills workshop.  And they ...

Rethinking Facilitation 3

Rethinking Facilitation
It was a recent talent development workshop co-facilitated by me.   In short, in a few occasions I thought that we were about to hit the brick wall.   But it did not turn out to be the case.   In fact, there were a few participants whom I had anticipated to be upset with our arrangement.   Yet, ...