(This post is part of an ongoing series where I share some reflections after facilitating events. I hope it will illuminate some of my work for folks who are interested as well as be a good record of my own learning. Additionally, this particular post is the second of two posts about my recent trip to the Yukon Territory to facilitate a leadership event. Please see Part 1 here. )
Last week, Caitlin Frost, Chris Corrigan, Wedlidi Speck and I facilitated a leadership event in the Yukon Territory with the Yukon government and First Nations governments employees who are Aboriginal. In Part 1 of this blog series, I talked about the event itself as well as some of the highlights. (You can see more here.) Below I share some of the challenges as well as my take away learnings.
Weaving - one of the key challenges of the conference was weaving together all the elements: individual workshops, participatory work with the large group, traditional conference panels and processes, and cultural honoring and celebration. And while that was challenging, of course, that IS the work. None of our lives is just one thing. A key moment of weaving happened mid-morning the first day. Chris Corrigan asked us the group to think about their own leadership by asking if folks considered themselves leaders. When only about 5 people of 100 raised their hands, Chris reframed leadership as “the willingness to help” and almost everyone could find themselves in this definition. This shift really supported the shared cultural values of humility and service as active leadership. It was a really brilliant integrating moment. It helped people arrive. It began to stretch their thinking, and it got us all ready to work
Regrouping - after the first round of workshops, I needed to redesign my Shared Work offering. Having met the group more in depth after one workshop, I realized that what was I had provided was more of a strategic/conceptual teach that needed to be brought much closer to the ground as many folks were on the front lines and working with implementation. They needed clear ideas on how to do this today, tomorrow, and the next day in their daily work lives. So after the first day, I redesigned my entire workshop and focused on not sharing all the things but instead making sure folks had tools to take home with them. It felt great to redesign and was really well received.
The above is just some of what I got from my trip to the Yukon. It was really rich and great learning for me. Let me know if it spurs anything for you!
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