I was shown in a facilitation learning event a short video clip.Â Â It is about a retreat for 50+ people in an organisation design and facilitated by a facilitator Â Â It is the kind of upbeat video with delightful music which showed the smiling faces, colourful wall-charts, fun activities, etc.Â Â There were captions indicating how much the participants happily connected, enjoyed the event, praised about the organisation, etc.
A big question mark came to my mind after I watched the clip – â€œWhat really did the event do to the organisation?â€Â Â Â I asked for the objective statements and have to say that the event seemed to meet the objectives e.g. â€˜to have a fun, engaging, high energy dayâ€™Â Â Â There were probably also â€˜practical outputsâ€™ contributing to the organisationâ€™s strategy and purpose.
But from the clip (and in particular its mood), I questioned whether the event is actually a cover-up to any organisational issue.Â Â Is it actually a dis-services to the organisation?
This post is not a critics to this piece of work.Â In fact, if it is a critics, it is a critics to myself.Â Â Â I have done similar events producing lot of fun and energy, and lot of flipcharts with long list of bullet points. Â Â Well, those events produced what the sponsor wantedâ€¦Â sometimes perhaps exactly a layer of cover-up.Â Â But is it what the organisation needed?Â Â How much I should and can push the sponsor to spend the resources on addressing the issues under the cover-up?
Well, this is very much related to myÂ last post re my reflection on collusion.