Are you walking the talk of right relationship in your working partnerships?
The Alchemy course turns the lens of Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC™) on these partnerships - specifically, on any situation where two people are co-facilitating in tandem.
Thanks to an Alchemy demo by CRR Faculty members Lori Shook and Judy van Zon, our Next Great Chapter community members had a quick taste of the art and science of co-facilitation. Lori originated the program in partnership with the late Jim Patterson as well as CRR Global co-founders Marita Fridjhon and Faith Fuller. She emphasizes that the co-facilitation relationship is the foundation for any coaching, teaching or partner-led session.
Since the International Coaching Federation (ICF) now recommends co-coaching to support the added complexity of working with systems, the skills fostered in Alchemy are in increasing demand. These tools and skills work for co-coaches, co-facilitators, co-presenters - even for CEO and CFO pairs with the goal of making a stronger impact together.
From the ORSC perspective, it is the Third Entity of the relationship which actually does the coaching, rather than individuals.
“When I heard that for the first time - that the co-facilitation relationship is the most important relationship in the room - wow, that really was a whole different perspective,” says Judy.
“We invest in the relationship, we learn about each other, and we learn to trust one another,” Lori says. “Then, we get aligned on our plan.”
Establishing a safe and collaborative atmosphere for a client team or participants is fundamental to effective co-delivery. If the energy between you and your partner is tense or awkward, it becomes that much more difficult for the group to feel secure, be creative or take risks. Recognizing that the critical factor is actually the relationship with your co-coach that shifts the energy, providing a secure environment for whatever might arise during the session.
“We truly believe that happy minds learn better,” says Judy.
Through the course of two contrasting demo sessions, Lori and Judy demonstrate skillful and less skillful ways to co-facilitate.
Key Takeaways from the Alchemy Demo
Those who have yet to begin the ORSC journey can begin to understand and incorporate Relationship Systems Intelligence (RSI™) concepts, while others who are already ORSC Trained can apply their knowledge of ORSC to their co-facilitation relationships. Much of Alchemy revolves around approaching a learning engagement with care and intention.
“You can consciously and intentionally influence the energy in the room. If your relationship is in conflict, that infuses the space. If the relationship is positive and curious, that infuses the space," Lori says. "That’s a big reason why it’s the most important relationship in the room - because it has such an impact.”
Through Alchemy, participants learn how to co-create wise, dynamic partnerships that are bold, resilient and committed - an alliance capable of supporting deep learning and growth in others.
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CRR Global USA Staff.
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