The Art of Enrolment

The Art of Enrolment
‘Magic happens before and after’ – What a great quote I learnt from the others.   The same applies to the business of developmental work. For example, whether a learning workshop succeeds or not is at least 50% ‘determined already’ before it really starts.   And one of the key pre-workshop work is to get the right ...

Further thought on Co-designing with client

Further thought on Co-designing with client
 I wrote about the importance in designing with a representative from the sponsor (here), yet maintaining adequate direct contact with the sponsor (here).   My thought on co-designing is sharpened by my recent experience in running a team development workshop in Shenyang China. The representative is preferably one of the participants.   Not (just) the sponsor’s business ...

Learning Sustainability 2

Learning Sustainability
Coincidentally I entered into the discussion in separate occasions with others on how to sustain the impact of learning interventions.   Whilst achieving 100% learning transfer all the time is not possible, I think the question is more about ‘How to sustain learning impact to a larger extent?’   Among all the ideas we discussed, it seems ...

TEDx

TEDx
My on-going ‘Swiss adventure’ is a lot about conducting ‘experiments’ for my profession.   The Tavistock experience is definitely an example.   Last week, I just tried out facilitating in a setting completing new to myself – TEDx Lausanne.   After a series of talks, the participants were free to join something called Idea Bubbles – a discussion ...

Tavistock Experience – Learning Design

Tavistock Experience - Learning Design
Further reflection on the Tavistock experience – As said, it is a very uncommon learning experience. To the extreme, for some parts, I could not help comment them as bad learning design.    On the surface of it, there were things looking like ‘shallow debrief’, ‘loose instruction’, etc.    On the other hand, I questioned ...

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 ...

Power of Facilitation

Power of Facilitation
I talked about Professor Michael Sandel before here.  See the post ‘What’s the Right to do?’   I am drawn to his works again recently given what is going on in Hong Kong around the ‘Occupy-Central’ initiative. Putting the content aside, I am amazed again how his facilitation has helped the debate. As mentioned by him ...

Sit on your hands and shut up 2

Sit on your hands and shut up
I heard a veteran facilitator talking about Open Space earlier this month. Great wisdom. She said that there are 3 necessary conditions to make Open Space work. First, there are burning issues which the participants care collectively. Second, all participants join the event voluntarily. Third, the sponsor (who calls for the event) is really interested ...