Negative Talk

Sometimes things just show up in the room, unplanned, unexpected and deeply powerful.

Running a team development day yesterday near Muir of Ord, north of Inverness with Michele Armstrong from Acorn Principle plus, we had the team working on storyboards, describing what they had noticed since we last saw them six months ago.

Two groups worked with gusto using a series of images, pom poms, buttons, pipecleaners, string, stickers, coloured pens and glitter glue (my kind of exercise) to describe personal perspectives and outside perspectives. They worked on 6ft long wall lining paper taped onto huge trestle tables to ensure plenty of space for chat and movement.

We hung the two marvellous creations on the walls and stood back to have a conversation about what was there and why. After roughly a 15 minute discussion on the first storyboard, we turned to the second. There was a pause in the room for a second as we saw this:

Thanks to wet glitter glue, a much deeper conversation opened up in the team.

What a gift.

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