Facilitator’s ABC: cohesion

Cord Oliver Molthan facilitation

V = virtual Virtuality or reality? Are we sure that these are two different things? Or are they not rather varieties of the same thing? How is it that we are so used to thinking in terms of opposites? How is it that we are always faced with the choice of two things? Either – or? Perhaps this is the …

Facilitator’s ABC: knowing for the sake of knowing

Cord Oliver Molthan facilitation

A = Agnotology The noblest form of knowledge is nonknowledge. To know that one has nonknowledge and in a quality in which one can work with nonknowledge means that one needs a considerable amount of knowledge on the subject of knowledge. Nonknowledge is hard to acquire, since knowledge is the currency with which the value of a person is determined. …

Facilitator’s ABC: how to think

Cord Oliver Molthan attitude, creativity, facilitation

T = Lateral Thinking Rightness is what matters in vertical thinking. Richness is what matters in lateral thinking. Vertical thinking selects a pathway by excluding other pathways. Lateral thinking does not select but seeks to open up other pathways. With vertical thinking one selects the most promising approach to a problem, the best way of looking at a situation. With …

Start-up together!

Cord Oliver Molthan creativity, facilitation

Will facilitate tonight a think-along-workshop to generate ideas for a start-up. The registrations went well and we have a colorful mixture of people willing to set up shop. Entrepreneurial thinking is second nature to all of them, which probably explains the energy and desire to set sail to new horizons. The workshop design is ready, the goals have been set …

Facilitator’s ABC: silence

Cord Oliver Molthan attitude, facilitation

 L = Listening “I prefer not to tell Mr. B. that a recent study has shown that patients treated by female doctors live longer on average than those treated by male doctors. This is probably because female doctors generally talk less, express themselves more clearly and, above all, listen more and better. On average, female doctors in a trial waited …

Facilitator’s ABC: Habit and every day is a new day

Cord Oliver Molthan facilitation

H = Habit 6am. Alarm goes off. Yawn. Stretch. Bathroom. Cold shower. Dress. Espresso. Getting ready to leave. Left turn at corner. Red light as always. Usual parking spot taken. Grunt. Morning to everyone. My desk. My screen. Same faces. Routine to-do-list. Lunch. Customers call. Discussion with superior. As predicted. Prepare to leave. Drive home. Some shopping. Run. Eat. Beer. …

Void

Cord Oliver Molthan attitude, creativity, facilitation

John always searches. He searches to find another piece of the puzzle that adds something meaningful to his life. His search happens sometimes under the surface of his awareness. And sometimes he looks for things intentionally and dedicates time and energy to decipher whatever raised his interest. Having done so for a while John has honed his approach. He has …

Facilitator’s ABC: diligence to perform

Cord Oliver Molthan facilitation

Z = Zeal When meeting a group of people and setting out for a journey of discovery and learning, a facilitator never knows what will happen. Asking a simple question early in the morning helps to get a first glimpse into the unknown. The question for example could be: Who of you is here by his or her own free …

Trust & Control

Cord Oliver Molthan attitude, facilitation

You can only control, what you make yourself dependent on, what you allow yourself to be controlled by. Ultimately, this means that one can only control oneself, but this, in turn, can only be done by taking a detour via others and others. (Dirk Baecker, Postheroisches Management, Merve Verlag Berlin, 1994, p.54 ff) Testimony: “People must first earn their trust …

Facilitator’s ABC: reward

Cord Oliver Molthan facilitation

P = Perfectionism Perfectionism is possible. Perfectionism is impossible. Perfectionism is an individual perception. Perfectionists set their own standards and stretch very much to reach them. Perfectionists are happy, when they meet their own standards – whether it is reasonable or not. Being perfect according to one`s own perfection is perfect and fun.   Things become difficult when perfectionists bring …