How can you become a better facilitator?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 16, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Shadow of WarriorAlmost a month ago after identifying some metaphors which described various styles of facilitation (eg. Conductor, Chameleon, Dictator) I asked What kind of facilitator are you? Following on from this, Simon Kneebone and I delivered a session at the Australian Facilitators Conference in Geelong exploring facilitator archetypes through story. We’ll be publishing more around this in time to come, but for now, I’d like to invite you to take our survey around exploring your shadows in facilitation. Gestalt theory has what’s called the paradoxical theory of change. It suggests that one doesn’t change by trying to be what one is not, rather, change occurs by us being who we already are. When it comes to considering the shadow elements of ourselves, we already start to change by becoming familiar with these elements of ourselves which we may for so long a time ignored, neglected or repressed. Click here to take the survey.

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  1. peter vajda says:

    Good stuff. What comes up for me are the three ego-drivers, ego-needs, that I see as weaving through your achetypes: the need for control, recognition and security.
    Looking at our shadow side, i.e., the emotions that these needs generate, we can look into what’s underneath the emotions…basically fear in some way, shape or form.
    When one explores one’s shadow side, without judgment, but from a place of curiosity, one can often metabolize and digest the negative emotions and feelings of the shadow (This is a “process and requires “work”)….leading to “presence” the place from which one can facilitate with authenticity…and from a place of surrender, allowing and trust…often a facilitating (or any other experience) that is characterized by lightness, freedom, “OKness.”

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