This leadership level training and discussion session (offered as a short-form event or a more indepth series) explores the practical truths of connection and collaboration in the modern organisation, and how we can best equip ourselves to achieve flow in our work together across a business, as well as in interaction with other entities.
Flow in our work together (as opposed to simply looking at a person deeply engaged in a task), is when we interact in ways that help us as a group to clear obstacles, channel key information, identify and solve problems, reduce risk and ultimately achieve the goals we care about. It's a way of interacting where we continually learn and evolve together, and where focus, achievement and genuine satisfaction can merge into the same experience on a daily basis.
However, rather than aiming to correct individual behaviours to somehow align with that of others, this training goes to the real heart of the matter - how our systemic reality can set us up for group flow or not.
If my in-business research has taught me anything over the past decade, it is that any one work context has systemic messaging embedded in it (often by default) that affects what people choose to engage with and how in that particular work environment. For instance, we ask our people to collaborate, but how many unintended messages might they be picking up on that it is in fact their competitive behaviours that are most likely to be rewarded? If this is the case, all may not appear competitive, but their engagement with one another may be affected in various problematic ways. Or perhaps we ask people to be innovative, but systemically we communicate that new ideas come with too much risk. Or we outright ask people to comply with certain requirements, but that spoken request is quietly obliterated by other messaging that tells them it's best not to bother too much.
In effect, any one of us may be triggered to limit or avoid full engagement in various areas in our work, resulting in limitations in our collaboration. This ultimately breaks down 'flow' in a group. When we limit or prevent flow (in action, interaction, communication...), we create the potential for too many miscommunications, assumptions and mistakes, which will invariably increase unwanted complexity. This additional complexity then increases pressures and demands on everyone, to the point where many of us just have to put our heads down and try to get some work done in the middle of all that 'noise'.
Telling ourselves or others to do this differently, usually has little to no effect. What does work, is to take a step back together and see very clearly where small adjustments in our understanding of our context together, can connect us afresh and allow us to quickly build a strong collaborative flow with one another. This is where the real magic happens, as many can attest who have found their optimised flow together.
If this sounds interesting to you, feel free to GET IN TOUCH for a quick chat and to get answers to questions such as who should attend, training format options, time requirements, availability and cost.
ATTENDEE COMMENTS FOLLOWING MIA TRAINING:
"I feel empowered to be proactive with implementing these ideals. The subject and the points you made were very engaging. It's reassuring that a person with your experience and analytical understanding can reinforce, highlight and then articulate simply how successful work places operate and achieve excellence."
"Was excellent. Your wealth of knowledge is very apparent. I really enjoyed hearing all your thoughts."
"Jennekin, today's talk was inspiring and incredibly informative. Everything you spoke about is so relevant and I can see very clearly how it all works. Your stories supported your information and helped to put everything into perspective. Having just returned from 12 months maternity leave, I found this morning invaluable. "
"What a common story. What an exciting concept to begin to explore. Well worth the time."