Monday morning I attended Steve Smith's workshop on Virgina Satir's Change Model. The short form of this model (see his popular article for the full skinny) is:
This cycle can take minutes or months. We constructed a Change Model Guantlet in order to experience it ourselves by making each step a physical reality through which we passed. I was part of the Chaos step. The five of us identified five components of chaos:
When the experiencer-of-change reached us we shouted our respective shouts and pushed and pulled and tugged and rotated the experiencee until the transforming idea managed to pull them out.
Two "stars" ran our Gauntlet. I was fascinated as I watched the effects the various steps of the model had on the star: how comfortable they were in status quo, their apparent bewilderment as they were pulled into chaos, and their relief once a transforming idea took hold and they made it to the new status quo. I realized that while Chaos+Integration is my status quo, that is not true for everyone, and that anything I do to assist others through the cycle will likely be appreciated.
Monday afternoon I took Diana Larsen's session on Leading From The Middle. When she said it could have been called Managing From The Middle I made ready to bolt (if I ever have a direct report my career has failed); then she said it really was about leading and so I stayed put.
Diana gave us seven points to keep in mind as we attempt to balance the concerns and desires of those above and below us:
This session was the least useful to me. I didn't learn much new. Also, I felt uncomfortable in the "Relate a time when..." exercises because I usually require a while to come up with specific examples of scenarios from my past (typical big-picture-ignore-the-details NT). I felt Diana was reading directly from the handout at times, which is an instant turn-off for me. (I later found out this was the first time Diana had led this class, which likely explains at least some of her referring-to-notes.)
I did however like the hoot owl whistle she used to call us back from our discussion groups. <g/>