A Focused Conversation to begin to process traumatic situations for use with colleagues, friends and family, and how to respond to them productively. Often traumatic events become undiscussable and this enables persons to talk about them
This process can be either used as a first activity, during the initial part, or even in the middle of the program. It is used to foster group support and can be helpful for raising the group's awareness to issues that they might want to value in a Group Contract (e.g. supporting each other, showing respect etc.).
Helping a participant, or group, focus on what is important in an issue or discussion. Avoid a tendency in individuals or groups to talk at length without getting to the point, or wander off onto irrelevant sidetracks.
These are different ways of intervening when a participant makes a cynical remark in a meeting such as, "we do this planning all the time but nothing is ever done."
When someone makes a cynical comment, often it comes from experience. Sometimes it is a way of avoiding responsibility for implementation. When the cynical comment is acknowledged and the person making it is asked what they would do, this becomes an opportunity to ask for their wisdom on how to address the problem.
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