IAF Methods

Contexting Cynicism

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Dealing with a participant who is cynical

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Goal

To build on the wisdom of the cynical participant and ensure commitment to follow-thru

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Materials

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Instructions

Before

Setting: none

Pre-Work Required: none

Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: Facilitation skills required

During

When a participant says something like, "We have done this all before but we never DO anything different when we get back to our jobs."

The facilitator may give a context: "The future is informed by our actions in the past, but we are not doomed to do things the way they were done in the past." Or, "In order to make sure our time we've spent together here is worthwhile, we need to make sure our resolve is going to make a difference."

"What are each of you personally going to do in your "real" day-to-day activities that will make sure that we succeed?" And I make sure that the person who raised the question answers it with the others.

After

Follow-Up Required: Check to see that the plan is being implemented

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Agreement to do things to implement the plan

Background

Source: Jo Nelson

Derived from: A discussion on the GRP-FACL listserve See http://listserv.albany.edu:8080/archives/grp-facl.html

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  • This intervention is based on an assumption that everyone has wisdom, and that cynical remarks may well be based on previous experience. This leads to addressing the concern rather than dismissing the person who made the remarks.

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