[OSList] Incorporating self-organized training/learning sessions into OST AND communicating OST to an uninitiated and distracted leadership
lisaheft at openingspace.net
Tue Jan 22 12:35:49 PST 2013
The 'uninitiated' part of your title does not worry me. Everyone has a
first time, and Open Space is one of those processes for which
participants need no prior experience.
It is the 'distracted leadership' part of the title I am curious about.
Can you share more with us about that?
(and no matter how wonderful a process - how what comes of this event
- relationships, ideas, and so on) will be supported by leadership
Otherwise, it is sometimes good to make the topic / reason for the
meeting a bit different so it connects more with personal efficacy /
productivity / leadership rather than something that would need a bit
of focused leadership from the top. In other words, meeting an
organization where it is - rather than where you hope it to be. I am
curious about your thoughts about that.
Also: in my experience - the less objectives / tasks, the better - the
less 'intervention' of adding another task or question mid-stream -
creates the greater opportunity for participant discussions to engage
on deeper and deeper levels over the time span of the meeting.
Although I have on occasion begun a Day 2 with another related
question (theme), I have wondered if that was because of my wish for
the group to progress there rather than my being exactly where they
On Jan 22, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Tricia Chirumbole wrote:
> Hello all!
> I am an OST newbie who is hoping to facilitate an Open Space for my
> main client's annual meeting in a few weeks and I would like to get
> your thoughts on incorporating hands on skill transfer into an Open
> Space. I did do some book reading on OST and just attended the OST
> meeting in NYC this weekend, but have never hosted an Open Space.
> Background on organization and situation:
> I do not provide facilitation for this organization. I am one of a
> number of project managers who work on teams to conduct market
> research and strategy consulting projects for their clients in the
> life sciences arena.
> They have agreed to my participation in the facilitation of the
> meetings and I have referenced OST, but we have not yet discussed
> details on meeting design and I am pretty sure they are not familiar
> with OST.
> This meeting will be a small group of only the US folks - 14 in
> total. We will be meeting for 2.5 days. On an ongoing basis, we are
> all remote workers across the US and in Europe and Japan and only
> see each other when we travel to a client's location.
> The general theme identified is "collaboration and learning from one
> another". The stated intent, so far, was to have us all take turns
> teaching something to the group where we are the "expert", then to
> spend time just working in parallel and helping each other on
> current projects or generating learning moments.
> I am encouraging shifting the focus from trying to model
> collaboration and getting all of our trainings under our belts in
> 2.5 days, to a focus on developing a system for ongoing
> collaboration and expertise sharing, to include discussions of where
> learning and teaching opportunities exist. I think this topic would
> be great for an Open Space.
> I was thinking we could combine opportunities for hands on learning
> with discussion of an ongoing structure by having two sessions
> (maybe 1.5 days overall).
> My thoughts for day 1 and day 2 "prompts"
> 1) Sharing expertise and leveraging strengths across the organization
> 2) What do we need right now for high performance individually and
> organizationally? Training, support, etc.
> My main question is, in the second prompt - "what do we need right
> now" - could we frame this as an opportunity for hands on learning
> where the sessions were either suggested by learners who knew of
> something specific that they wanted to learn, or not specific I
> guess, as well as by teachers, who felt that they had areas of
> expertise to share?
> We would all then self-organize and convene into sessions where we
> are not just discussing topics/structures/etc, but we are actually
> engaging in information and skill transfer.
> Question 2: Also not sure which prompt should come first.
> I don't know yet if I will get them to buy into the Open Space
> process or if I do, if I can get the time for 2 prompts, BUT, I
> wanted to ask thoughts of the group before crafting my next
> communication with them.
> Thank you sooooooo much for reading through this long question and
> for any insights provided!
> Tricia Chirumbole
> US: +1-571-232-0942
> Skype: tricia.chirumbole
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