By Larry Dressler
Many skilled facilitators, OD specialists, coaches, and organizational leaders more and more locate themselves “standing within the fireplace” -- operating in events the place team and neighborhood individuals are polarized, indignant, nervous, and confused. Facilitator Larry Dressler has come to think that easily identifying up yet one more strategy or method won’t assist in events like those. What has a very transformational effect is what he calls the facilitator’s presence. Cultivating a capability to entry a compassionate presence that folks adventure as open, actual, and transparent in goal throughout the such a lot tricky events strikes facilitators from being useful execs to being on a course towards self-mastery. status within the hearth deals a suite of self-directed ideas and practices that allow facilitators to paintings on themselves—to hold their emotional stability irrespective of how overheated issues threaten to become. It brings jointly profound teachings from diversified fields, together with western psychology, jap religious practices, the humanities, social sciences and scientific research. Dressler’s grounded, empathetic procedure is helping readers reawaken and observe an untapped ability that comes from inside of and is expressed as a strong presence status in carrier to a gaggle.
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Extra info for Standing in the Fire: Leading High-Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage
Cleansing. Without the heat behind strong advocacy and direct con- frontation, issues can accumulate just under the surface, eventually exploding into a more destructive social dynamic. When people are allowed to fully express their emotions and opinions, and when those are acknowledged, that clearing of the air feels like a fresh start. Regeneration. In forests and other ecosystems, ﬁres enable seeds to germinate and nutrients to be released into the soil. Likewise, groups who learn to use ﬁre productively see it as an important “nutritional” source of learning and development.
You could feel the distrust in the air. There was so much at stake, and I was concerned that this might be the burial of the Abraham Path project. I’d spent three years of my life, my money, and my credibility to arrive at this moment. I kept thinking to myself, “Let go. ” I managed to listen and resisted the urge to defend the project. We stuck with the conversation, letting the Palestinian leaders know that there was no way the Abraham Path would succeed unless it served the needs of their people.
Money is invested and reinvested to “deal with” the consequences of false starts and reactive decisions. People burn out and relationships are destroyed. G R O U P F I R E C A N B E C R E AT I V E What is the creative potential of ﬁre in groups? How do emotional intensity, messiness, and disagreement serve us? Why on earth would we want to welcome it into our meetings? Energy. We’ve known this lesson since the earliest days of human- ity. The more difﬁcult an issue, the more energy we need to tackle it.
Standing in the Fire: Leading High-Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage by Larry Dressler