How to motivate the elephant...As an agile coach you are always dealing with change.
Although you are an expert in your field, and you know how to shape the path of change, you know which direction you are headed to, with the organization or the team, but the most difficult thing is to motivate the people towards that same change!
Maybe you tried a bunch of different interventions to engage. Stimulate and motivate people like giving more explanation. Visualizing the end-result. Swearing, convincing, trying to influence the most important decision-maker in the team…? But for some reason all these interventions failed…
To avoid burden to yourself, you probably attributed the fail to the company, the team, the individual team members,… But what if you had made other interventions?
Introducing Provocative coaching: a quite new approach with which you work most of all with the emotional part of the brain to motivate the Elephant!
The designer of this method is Frank Farrelly (1931-2013).
Having a Masters Degree in Social Work from Catholic University, Frank was a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. For many years he was clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Frank started his career as a Rogerian therapist in a psychiatric centre. After a few years he was frustrated about the fact that patients did not change by applying the methods of Carl Rogers.
One day he began to say what came up in his mind, but in such a humoristic way that he could afford that and observed a surprising result: psychiatric patients became more assertive, more confident and more active! In those days, the therapeutic establishment was not amused with this experiential and unscientific method and way of working with patients, but the patients came out of their comfort zone and made progress really quickly…
Frank Farrelly was described by one of his clients as “The kindest, most understanding man I have ever met in my whole life, wrapped up in the biggest son of a bitch I have ever met.".
In this Masterclass, Tim Vanmarcke will use different provocative interventions to reach difficult teams or groups, see the humorous part in it and book results you never saw before!
You can expand your possibilities and learn more about your own coaching style: your attitude, your framework, what you do in interaction and communication and what works and doesn’t work.
Within your own specific coaching style, you can choose different provocative techniques that you can use to help the team towards more responsibility and self-organization.
In this Masterclass you will learn to:
- use warmth, humor and provocation as a team coach
- push your own limits and step out of your comfort zone
- understand, experience and use the perspective of the team in change work
- develop provocative interventions for and with the team
- recognize and work with different team cultures and break down patterns of those teams
- get insight in how a team crisis can lead to change
- maintain and increase self-organization of teams by using provocative techniques and interventions
Please note that some coaching experience is required to optimize your participation in this workshop.
The book ‘Switch’ by Dan and Chip Heath, also known for their book ‘Made to Stick’, is a remarkable book about how to change when change is hard.
Throughout the entire book the Heath brothers use the example of an Elephant and a Rider.
The Elephant is your emotional side and the Rider is your rational side.
“Imagine an Elephant. And on top of the Elephant sits a Rider. The Rider and the Elephant are like the human mind. Our rational left-brain is the Rider and our emotional right-brain is the Elephant. Perched atop the Elephant, the Rider holds the reins and seems to be the leader.
However, the Rider’s control is precarious because the Rider is small compared to the Elephant. Anytime the six-ton Elephant and the Rider disagree about which direction to go, the Rider is going to lose. He’s completely overpowered.
Most of us are all too familiar with how our own Elephants overpower our Riders. You’ve experienced it if you’ve ever slept in, overeaten, dialed up your ex at midnight, procrastinated, tried to quit smoking and failed or skipped the gym.
You’ve also experienced it within your Agile Adoptions and change tracks. You’ve experienced it when people didn’t follow up on your advice, procrastinated, resisted change, couldn’t go as fast as you wanted them to go,…
In those situations it’s the weakness of the Elephant that overpowers the Rider. It’s the emotional and instinctive side that takes control and ignores the Rider.”
Here comes Provocative coaching: a quite new approach in which you work most of all with the emotional part of the brain to motivate the Elephant!