[OSList] Pain and Anger
Michael M Pannwitz
mmpannwitz at gmail.com
Sun May 11 06:34:17 PDT 2014
feeling unsupported, not recognized and not listened to it is perhaps
not "cynical" of potential participants to expect little from "yet
another talkfest". Sounds rather pretty realistic to me.
In case it is possible for them to plan their event themselves, issue an
open invitation to all they think should be there, sit in a circle,
announce their issues, have a marketplace and go to work, there will
definitely be a bunch of surprises... and plenty of actions initiated
and carried out by themselves.
Is 5,5 hours with talking/listening circles and traditional os mixed in
the right medicine?
From my experience, I would not count on it.
I would tell them what they might expect from 5.5 hours, partially in
os, coming from the mindset you describe.
Probably another talkfest, reinforcing their depression.
Greetings from a sunny Sunday afternoon in Berlin
On 11.05.2014 14:38, Bronwyn Pagram wrote:
> Hi there. I have quietly enjoyed os-list for a couple of months now -
> thank you for all the open sharing. Very valuable for a 'newby' to open
> space like me.
> I have been asked to facilitate several regional open space workshops
> for an organization where there is a lot of deep-seated pain and anger
> behind the scenes. People feeling very unsupported by their hierarchy,
> lack of recognition by senior management that they are part of the
> problem, lack of responsiveness to past recommendations for action, and
> deep cynicism that anything will come from 'yet another talkfest'. The
> topic is staff wellbeing. The workshops are being done in the context of
> middle management concern for their people (they are the sponsors) as
> well as an organisational strategy refresh for which staff wellbeing
> will form part for the first time (senior managers are aware of concerns
> and also of several stress-related illnesses and staff leaving).
> There is no prior experience of open space in this organisation,
> although the middle-manager driving these events has been exposed
> elsewhere. I would be grateful for any suggestions as to how to best
> structure the day (5.5 hours - limited by considerable travel time to
> come in/go home). I am thinking to include both talking/listening
> circles as well as traditional open space.
> Ideally participants would take away some actions themselves... as well
> as there being some meaty inputs to senior mgmt for the strategy refresh.
> Thanks a lot. Bronwyn
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