Stopping Groundhog Day
Have you ever been in a process that hits a brick wall? You go round and round in circles and get nowhere? People leave confused and complaining and the issue is left unresolved?
I just got back from two days in Melbourne with an amazing group of women learning more about the Deep Democracy Lewis Method of neutral group facilitation. The goal of this approach is to make all views welcome in a decision making process so that people are able to say what needs to be said and make progress.
Based on Quantum Mechanics and Developmental Psychology the method leverages the wisdom that we are all connected and that what exists in me also exists in the wider group. In a Team Meeting when I am feeling frustrated, I am not the only one feeling that way. That feeling exists in some way in everyone in the room. What a relief!
The method encourages listening to the "No" voice in the room and not scapegoating it as the troublemaker or complainer or barrier. If that "No" is somewhere in all of us we need to find it and listen to its wisdom. In Deep Democracy The Lewis Method it is the "rub" of diversity that causes innovative solutions to emerge. We get better results if we engage with difference.
The tools help us engage with the emotional and irrational parts of self that do not respond to traditional problem solving tools and will actually block progress if not brought to the surface. They encourage the sharing of what is below the waterline in order to bring more information to the group and support effective decision making.
Its fascinating and effective.
So if you are experiencing Groundhog Day with the same problem recurring over and over again and would like to get unstuck let me know. I'd love to help.