The above video is an excerpt from a workshop I conducted at The Institute of Organization Development's annual conference titled "Our World, A Triple Bottom Line: People, Purpose and Planet,” June 20-22, 2018, Kingston, Jamaica. The workshop was on workplace alignment, the topic of my first book.
In a classic study1, participants were placed in a group experience that included a variety of growth groups including encounter, gestalt, and T-Groups. Participants were followed during the next year to see how well they functioned in conflictual moments. Students that had a mental model around conflict were best able to cope through difficult situations. Further, it was discovered that it did not matter what mental model was used, only that they used a mental model.
The following mental models inform my books.
There is a progression that helps one become more functional in tense moments.
Having and building the capacity to use such models adds sanity in moments that would otherwise give rise to reactivity and potential chaos. However, although the above may sound easy, it is quite difficult, so please have grace and compassion for yourself and others along the journey.
1 Encounter Groups: First Facts, by Lieberman, Yalom, and Miles
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