As an experienced trainer, facilitator,and workshop participant, I have noticed a phenomena that amazes me and yet appears to be very common…
When the session involves learning something which we have no personal experience of such as Herrmann International’s Whole Brain Thinking®️ which establishes how individual thinking preferences manifest themselves, and indeed the impact of thinking on colleagues, then 99% of the time we are very open to be helped if not indeed keen to learn. Before you know it we’re sharing family histories, telling each other where we buy our groceries as well as sharing a host of other personal facts….all in the name of sharing our thinking preferences!
But when it comes to exploring how to execute our own cores skills – which we do have a lot of personal experience of – we become instant experts – a factor we want to demonstrate in the classroom – and seem to be resistant and not open to any help at all! We might even question the point of our attendance in the workshop!
Sometimes it’s the hardest thing to accept where we could do better. So often we really do understand our roles at an intellectual/cognitive level but often habit, volume of work and assumptions has have just got in the way of utilising our core skills effectively. As in so many things, there can be a big gap between knowing and doing OR – mind that gap between knowing and doing!
But it’s at that moment – where we can let go of our resistance, and ego – and say “ there’s nothing personal about this, I want to be the best I can be” that we can really make those shifts and big progressions from “knowing” to “doing”. In a workshop we really have nothing to prove. The workshop is there to support us, in fact, those moments where we are “wrong” provide the deepest, and longest-lasting learning, back in the world of “doing”!