Facilitation

by Gretha
As a certified Depth Facilitator (SACAP), I draw from a variety of approaches and lenses to work with complex group dynamics. As facilitator it is my role to assist the group to achieve its goals, while simultaneously keeping the well-being of the entire group in mind.

I draw on poetry and mindfulness practices to create a safe space (or container), to facilitate the courageous conversations within groups, to bring about the sustainable change needed, that enables companies to bring their real work to the world.

This video asks the question:

What old questions do you need to let go of today, so that you can be more with yourself and others from a space of love?:

I read the poem The Answer by Ronald S. Thomas

CONNECT with me if you seek to:

  • Resolve on and below the surface (‘depth’) issues between individuals or groups
  • Find solutions for both individuals and teams to drive development and growth
  • Bring tangible business value through insightful conversation and framing of powerful questions, to open up new possibilities
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue…Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer” – Rainer Maria Rilke
This video asks the question:

How can you treat others differently and compassionately today, knowing they are fellow human beings just like you?

I read the poem The Praying Mantis by Mary Oliver

My approach is to INTEGRATE:

  • By drawing on poetry to support reflection on the paradox of life or the paradoxes in the challenges we face
  • By using mindfulness practices, to create a safe space (or container) for all the individuals to stay grounded within the complexities of the world or work or the current environment
  • By creating space for silence, to facilitate listening and understanding, which allows diverse perspectives to be raised, heard and recognised
The “process of leadership rests both on attention to events as they unfold as well as to the larger implications of these events. Therefore, leadership continually creates and recreates interactions that benefit the individual and society; a circularity that facilitates integration” – Mary Parker Follet
This video asks the question:

Where in your life is your soul asking you, with a holy rage, to rise up?

I read the poem: The Rising by Ian McCallum

I support clients to RENEW through:

  • Coaching circles
  • Group facilitation
  • Enneagrams for teams
The role of Africa is

“one that brings back to the world a sense of ancient wisdom, reconnection with the environment, meaning and spirituality – an acknowledgement of the true potential of people, people’s interconnectivity with nature and animals, the resilience of the human race, the strength of diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the raising of awareness of the multiplicity of meaningful perspectives” – April and Shockley

“The circle is a shape that implies interconnection and the holding together of sometimes seemingly irreconcilable opposites…Circular thinking, though an abstract concept, is one way into a meaningful interpretation of all these paradoxes. Understanding based on a recognition of circularity is a necessary attribute of successful leadership for as it takes us ‘about and about’ it opens up gaps in old assumptions which may provoke creative responses. We may for example begin to recognize that we are all potentially leaders even while we simultaneously find ourselves in the role of the follower. Diverse situations, as ever-evolving situations, demand leadership and followership from different individuals at differing times. The flux of time ensures that all individuals need to engage in an on-going reassessment of the ever-evolving situation and this awareness must be accompanied by an acceptance of the incomplete and complex. Because leadership and followership roles and performances shift, fuse, and in the process shift again, today’s leaders are charged with the need to grasp the notion that there is no static recipe for action that could successfully lead and serve such complexity. We must pursue understanding of the ultimately non-comprehensible, and be prepared to act out this awareness in the context of creative group action.” – Bathurst & Monin

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