Who is this for?
This is perfect for teachers, facilitators, leaders, workplace managers, mentors and students. It works in any setting that benefits from a less-directive and more facilitative style and process.
How long will it take?
The class is ‘in-session’ for 6 weeks, but you have access to the classroom and the material for as long as you would like. We suggest you plan on devoting a minimum of 10 – 15 hours to the course.
Tell me more…
We will approach the learning from a few unique angles! Rather than providing you with platform or public speaking skills, this course will take you a couple levels down and guide you in creating relationship-centric environments that generate increased levels of participation, learning and collaboration in virtually any setting. We help you give people an experience of being their best self and train you in using this to improve engagement. You will have several opportunities to try out what you are learning as we ask you to practice specific skills and understandings in your own life and experience the impact first hand.
Course + 1 hr Additional Private Coaching
Pre-Course and Week 1: Introduction
Linear vs. Non-Linear Learning
A short video from Michael that creates a foundation for the course and working with groups: we often have to work in a linear way using non-linear processes!
Week 2: Causing Relational Environments
Introduction to the Framework for Availability
An introduction to the Framework for Availability that sets the background context, emphasizes the need for availability to start with you and focuses on the importance of the relational environment to generate participation, learning and collaboration.
Being Available in a Relational Environment
Two short readings that focus on a facilitator/leader’s role in being available so that the group can then in turn be available also.
The Integrity Triangle
This reading describes the three aspects of the Integrity Triangle and poses questions for reflection. The Practice Lesson for the week is to do the work of the Integrity Triangle for yourself.
Week 3: Generating PLC Begins With You
Framework Part II – Causing Availability for You
This week’s presentation of the Framework looks at You. We review the Integrity Triangle, introduce the Pre-Questions and then add two more of the First 10 – all designed to help you mind the gap between yourself and that relational environment.
A description of the Pre-Questions: three vital ways to look at working with a group and balance your way of doing and being…
Practice Week 3 – The Pre-Questions
A chance to practice the Pre-Questions with our downloadable worksheet.
Week 4: The Elephant Rider and the Value of Cause Pause
Using the Elephant/Rider to Cause Availability
This video presentation looks at the metaphor of the Elephant Rider as a way to describe the processes we need to take into account when working with ourselves and others.
Cause Pause and the First 10 so far…
In this lesson we identify the value of Cause Pause in relation to the Elephant/Rider metaphor and summarize the five elements of the First 10 that we have introduced so far.
Week 5: Understanding the Value of Best Self in Creating Relational Environments
Best Self as a Context and Tool for the Framework
This week’s lesson helps us understand how the idea and context of ‘best self’ can work as a foundational context for the Framework for Availability and also be used as an operational tool. We flip the script on our goal as well and see how the framework can be used to reverse engineer results.
This reading helps reinforce the idea of Best Self as a generator and something generated by the Framework for Availability.
Practice Week 5
Practice this week gives you a chance to think through the lens of best self and notice the impact.
Week 6: Causing Availability in Others: the First 10 and Tying It All Together
Availability Framework – Putting it all Together
A video presentation to complete the First 10 and give a final overview of the Framework, full of context and structures.
A profound aspect of working with individuals or groups and a practice that is often skipped over or assumed, Permission can quickly alter listening for individuals and groups and enlarge joint ownership.
Practice Week 6
Practice the First 10: During this week, find opportunities to use each of the First 10 and see what difference they make.