Integrating values in the work space and learning a values spoken language brings immediate results. This system of learning has proven it will save time and money in the long run. It will cut unproductive time spent to justify ones actions to prove who is right or wrong and replace water cooler gossip, that creates enemies, with skills to speak up effectively in the moment. The roots of discontent always comes back to misinterpretation of information at the time of any circumstance and the lack of skills to inquire for more information before drawing conclusions. Without this there is only one unethical behavior option, reaction!
This business model continues to prove to me that it develops trust and safety for being honest and being heard. What I am witnessing is a model of personal mediation that reflects courage for speaking ones truth in the moment and with ease! Breaking through an old school concept of not being outspoken to be nice is replaced with true kindness to the organization.
In these long-term business integration sessions that have following introductory workshops, I get to witness the participants breaking through the barriers of those who ‘think they know everything,” and those ‘who never speak up.’ Those who think they know go beyond this self-induced wall of limited thinking and those who never speak up begin to make their presence known. The result is more connection and less resentment. Those who preach and tell stories are doing less of this and those who quietly listen to the stories and preaching to be ‘kind’ are doing so less. It is eliminating the resentment and freeing up time for productive action.
As a facilitator it is very rewarding to engage and observe this transition that becomes ‘deepened mediation in the moment.’ This model can cut through frustration immediately and end lengthy meetings trying to resolve and process reactions. When you think about it, restorative justice is focused upon reactions of those who did not know who to speak up for themselves in the moment to get the results they longed for!
Employers, bosses and employees: why are you not all focused upon understanding why we are having reactions and being honest in the moment? Why wait until being disciplined or sitting around a tribunal? Radical!
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015