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I've had my head down in the computer for the past couple months (not that there's anything new about that) first rewriting my book on virtual facilitation based on a new model, then redesigning the teleclass that accompanies it. Things normally flow pretty well when I'm writing. But when it comes to designing a virtual training wherein I seek to address a complex set of learning objectives that answer my students' interests, make it highly interactive, and follow some kind of flexible structure, I often struggle mightily. In this week's article, Perfect it Forward we consider how digging down to perfect one persistent barrier can have an impact on everything.

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The Point


Perfect it Forward
Do one thing perfectly and everything changes.


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I've had my head down in the computer for the past couple months (not that there's anything new about that) first rewriting my book on virtual facilitation based on a new model, then redesigning the teleclass that accompanies it. Things normally flow pretty well when I'm writing. But when it comes to designing a virtual training wherein I seek to address a complex set of learning objectives that answer my students' interests, make it highly interactive, and follow some kind of flexible structure, I often struggle mightily.

In fact every time I offer the class, trying to adapt it to the ever changing interests of my participants, I seem to struggle. Not a fan of struggling, I usually give in and tell myself that I've already run this class, I've got plenty of material, and even though I feel something isn't as good as it can be, I'll just jump in and make it work.

Now you could say that this is normal and perhaps how most of us approach our work. In fact we might even view one's willingness to jump in and improvise as an admirable quality and one necessary much of the time in our frenetic society. You've probably seen this dynamic in your groups as well. People don't want to feel the discomfort of struggling. We like to feel movement even if it often masquerades as progress. Struggling sucks!

But this time around, I'm determined to break through this thing! And I really don't have to struggle with it per se. It's more like a labor pain sort of thing. Though I'm not completely on the other side of it, I'm finding that what I previously labeled a struggle is simply a creative tension involved in birthing something new. I have a sense that some fresh new ways of looking at virtual training and facilitation will emerge from my efforts. I see the process as organic and non-linear (just like life...Hello!) yet most of the tools available for both design and delivery box us in to static, linear formats.

An interesting new model has already shown up and I have an idea for a new software program that combines the attributes of Powerpoint with Mindjet. In fact, I could really use a program like this if anyone knows about one! OK, so this story isn't just about training, it's also about the groups you work with.


Application


Perfect it forward
. When we encounter problems, barriers, or conflicts either personally or collectively, we are being presented with important keys. In my experience, a barrier that shows up in one aspect of life shows up elsewhere as well. We just may not be seeing it. And, if we do the hard work of staring this thing down and dissolving it to it's core, we may just change everything about our lives, our groups, our companies, etc. It may just be that if we perfect just one thing, we could perfect everything, at least for awhile.

It's perfect now, but perfect it further. Though this may seem contrary to what I've said so far, whatever the situation is right now, it's perfect, even if struggle is involved. Again, just like in child labor, without the push, we wouldn't be here!

Slow down, breathe deep, and feel the labor pains. So often we're in such a rush to show the appearance of results that we dig ourselves into a rut by running in circles. The new healthcare bill is a prime example. I hold this up not to debate a position but as an example of the lengths we'll travel to avoid the hard work of solving the source issue. I see this bill as a perfect reflection of those it will govern--a society hell bent on a quick fix...it's my right not to change, just give me a pill!

Open to the bug. What persistent little bug keeps showing up in your life, in the groups, or in your approach to groups in general? You know that nagging little thing that you wish would go away. Can you name it and bring it out into the open. Invite your group to spend at least some time digging into this muddy little pit and you just might find a gem or two. I invite you to do the same.

The most difficult part of attaining perfection is finding something to do for an encore.  ~Author Unknown~

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