When facilitating, I often have the urge to push participants to go deeper. Share more personal stories. Show the masked emotions. So, I frame my questions to elicit that depth. Sometimes it works gracefully. Other times, it all crashes. And then I hear my mentor, Guthrie Sayen’s voice in my head, saying, “Do not worship at the altar of vulnerability.” Agreed, Guthrie.
Think of the time when you noticed cliques in your workshop group, and didn’t break them up. Or when facilitating a team meeting, witnessed blame games, and didn’t intervene. The impact? Missed opportunity to transform group dynamics, and create a deeper experience.