Many of you will be familiar with the classic group initiative Helium Stick. It’s one of those deceptively simple tasks that it actually very difficult…
Once you get past the intrigue of ‘Can you truly fall in love with someone by asking 36 questions?‘ and ‘Will it last?’ there are two refreshing perspectives which comfort me:
So, how does this inform my practice as an experiential trainer?
To consider this, helps us understand why sharing is so important to building relationships.
I am abundantly aware – and there is lots of research to prove the notion now – that when I invite people to share, transformation is possible.
But more importantly, just as the graduation of the 36 questions proves, it is absolutely critical that I create an atmosphere conducive to sharing before transformation is possible. And, to my way of thinking, sharing occurs as a natural part of ‘playing.’
Or, put another way:
SPACE > PLAY > SHARE > TRUST > CHANGE (INFLUENCE)
I wrote this on a whiteboard (forming it into a pyramid) during a training I conducted in China last week to set the tone for what was about to occur over the course of our 4 days together. The more I refer to it, the more it reflects my unique methodology, and embodies those critical ingredients for human development. Or, indeed, love.
What do you think?
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