"The real breakthrough came when we were able to just talk about it." Have you ever had that experience?
For more than thirty years I have facilitated planning, team-building and conflict resolution for organizations, large and small.
I have seen the greatest effects and deepest satisfaction when people "just talk", with little or no worry about becoming polarized. Polarization is caused by fear of one kind or another.
We can eliminate fear and foster connection with one another through empathy and compassion, i.e. by inquiring into what matters most to people behind their judgments and opinions. More often than not, we can at least appreciate, if not agree with, one anothers' cares and concerns. Free of fear, we explore assumptions, suspend judgments, and ask questions. We discover opportunities that might have been lost if unspoken.
I believe we give a service to our world when we eliminate fear in our organizations, communities, businesses and relationships. When we are free of fear, no person is too hard to work with, no decision too complicated to make, and no conversation is too difficult to have. The ability to engage in fearless conversations can be an organization's greatest asset.
• Certified Facilitator: Appreciative Inquiry, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®