We follow-up the Reimagining Professionalism article published in November 2021 with this piece to provide a facilitation guide for leading conversations that honor the unique needs and dreams of our colleagues and ourselves.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) work often feels heavy to participate in and lead. Let’s imagine what JEDI could look like and mean for us if we took a light-weighted approach. This article highlights joy as an important feature of our JEDI journeys. We offer a collection of lessons and strategies that help foster joy alongside the justice we strive to strengthen in our world.
We can create structures and interactions where everyone is seen, celebrated, resourced, and safe when we practice justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI)-infused facilitation. In this article, Darrie Matthew Burrage and Mikayla Branz share insights they gleaned by taking the time to reflect with colleagues on the body politics, power dynamics, and intentionality behind facilitation.
Do you work with or care about someone who may have experienced trauma or PTSD? This article provides some background on trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and offers a few suggestions for leaders, facilitators, coaches, and anyone who wishes to have more productive interactions with those who may have experienced trauma.
Many group events and activities open with some sort of welcome or warm-up exercise, providing participants with a chance to introduce themselves before addressing the topic at hand. Sometimes, introductions that focus solely on titles, roles, degrees, years of experience, professional affiliations, and so on, can create a power dynamic that results in some attendees feeling less willing to contribute during the meeting.
Here’s a simple alternative approach to facilitating introductions that enables greater human-first connection: a focus on superpowers.
Good facilitation skills can be applied in all kinds of meetings and circumstances, including strategic planning, peer learning and any kind of gathering where a diverse group of people come together to have a conversation that enables them to work toward a decision or a plan of action. For those who have been in the trenches, you know it is not easy to facilitate with confidence, grace, and courage. It takes time and skill building to create desired outcomes through the art of conversation.
Are you starting to have a love-hate relationship with Zoom? As we replace in-person meetings with video calls, we are definitely spending more time in front of a screen both for work and for connecting with family and friends. With all the “Zooming” that we are doing, video call fatigue is definitely becoming more common. Here are some tips from our team on how to tackle Zoom fatigue.