But what happens when you have done a couple of trainings with key people, decision makers are onside and there are still thousands of people left in the organisation or system who need to get trained? Not necessarily trained to host conversations but educated in the world view and practices so they participate fully and feel ownership of the direction. Endless three day trainings cost too much money and take too much time.
I don’t have answers here and I am really keen to hear from others. Some of things I am experimenting with are:
- repeatable video based and webinar learning modules where people join in the learning at their own speed and in their own time.
- card decks and small e-books with models, conversations starters and provocations that embed the education of participatory leadership into regular meetings
- graphic and text templates that support meeting planning, design, delivery and harvest
- shorter half day, one day and two day versions of the trainings
- building the capacity to train participation into the organisations (train the trainer for lack of a better description) - which also means embedding the capacity for stewardship in the organizational structure and culture
What are you doing? What’s working? What’s not? Tell me! I want to learn! :-)
Three day trainings have been an essential tennet of my work ever since we started the Art of Hosting trainings over 12 years ago. They create the space for a deep dive into the methods, models and mindset of change leadership and they help build relationships among leaders to support ongoing learning and action.
However, I think the three day trainings can also play into building a barrier of epiphany around the work and isolating those who have gone through it and those who have not. In part because they are such a transformative experience. Furthermore, folks who go through them think that is the only way this work can get done - "it is how it happened to me and therefore how it needs to be for others".