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Master Facilitator Journal | January 17, 2018

Dear Friends,

We just finished another powerful Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration (JOFC) workshop this past week. This experience proves over and over again to change the way people relate to thenselves, to groups, and to life in powerful and transformative ways. Check out our new video testimonials on the site and consider joining us in April or June for a truly memorable leadership adventure.  

As yet another new year dawns, it feels appropriate to stop to ask some serious questions, such as: Is what I'm doing really what I want to be doing? Am I avoiding my true calling by staying busy with practical pursuits? Am I living my life such that it is complete enough for me to die tomorrow? In this week's issue, Patternus Interruptus, I suggest tapping in to a sense of urgency to support a deeper cut for you and your groups.

We hope our work continues to bring inspiration to your world. Thank you for being a part of our growing community. Please continue to send the wonderful feedback.


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The Point

Patternus Interruptus
Adjust the process to realign your group to the fullness of its purpose.

Group Dynamics Skill

Groups and individuals tend to follow habitual behavior patterns to which they've grown comfortable over time. Therefore, there are times when it's appropriate to help the group to slow down and look at the bigger picture, the "gestalt" of the group dynamic. As a facilitator, be on guard for patterns of behavior that are begging to be interrupted, and mine them for richer possibilities.

Here are some examples of opportunities to stop and dig deeper.

Settling. Group members are settling for a marginal result to just "get it done," when they actually have the time, resources, and the opportunity to build a brilliant result by digging just a bit deeper, stretching themselves, and perhaps risking a little more.

Conflict avoidance. Group members are withholding their truth to avoid potential conflict. Give voice to this perception and if it's true, offer help to help dig down to underlying interests so that perhaps a larger context presents itself from which greater possibilities might emerge.

Business as usual. The group is getting things done in a way that tends to always work for them, but their process lacks "juice." Mix up the room and the process. Get people to change position, play different roles, try a different process, just to move into unexplored territory to see what shows up. Facilitate exploration, just for the fun of it.

Superficial focus. The group looks like they're on course, but seem to be operating on superficial assumptions or goals. Take time to help them look at the bigger reason for being together. Are they operating in accordance with an inspired purpose, vision, mission?

Stale mental maps. The group is operating based on worn out assumptions about themselves. They may be fixated on solving a cost problem when they could be focused on creating new revenue. They could be stuck on what's not working rather than building and expanding on what is working. 

More? Please email us other examples you're run across in your experience.

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Is there an area of your life that deserves a pattern interrupt? That is, a behavior pattern that is not as effective as it could be that you've been reluctant to stop and look at? If so, why not take ten minutes right now and journal about it? I'd love to hear what shows up for you.
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