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  • Lauren 1:35 am on November 7, 2013 Permalink |  

    This is a long awaited post for me! Hello fellow bootcampers!

    My name is Lauren Rodriguez and I was part of the Changemaker bootcamp training earlier this year with the fabulous @renee, @natalie and @anna341bc. Over the last couple of weeks,@anna341bc and I have been practicing changemaker bootcamp exercises on our own at the lovely Jazz Café in Downtown Berkeley (sometimes there live music!). We practice on Fridays- a great day for the both of us and meet half way between our homes in El Cerrito and Oakland. We decided to practice together for various reasons. For me, it was that I had reached my yearly professional development training budget at my org, having recently gone through Rockwood’s Art of Leadership.

    My bootcamp project is geared around a research publication project for my organization, having been tasked with conducting the initial research and analysis. And my goals are to practice my critical thinking, synthesis and interview skills. Having this project in mind, practicing with Anna has been a great experience. Anna and I are both women of color and our workouts have been a very safe space for me to open up about parts of my professional growth aspects that I want to work on. Elements of our bootcamp sessions have been tailored to discussing issues that are particularly relevant and challenging for us as we work out such as identifying power/group dynamics in the room. We have also created the space to share stories about some similar struggles and have practiced having difficult conversations throughout our work-outs.

    One of the biggest learning edges during our initial work outs with Anna has been to practice and weighing the pros and cons of having a difficult conversation with my management team at work. Anna and I both bring a racial lens to our work and this has been incredibly empowering for me. I am having this difficult conversation on Friday. Thanks @marie for sharing your difficult conversation since the theme is overlapping and it was helpful to read what works for you to build up that courage!

    A reflection so far is realizing how much more confident in my work I have grown since the last bootcamp round. In the first bootcamp round, I voiced a concern about being the “youngest person is the room”. Working with Anna has really helped me understand the value that I bring to the table and become more confident in my skills as a researcher- and having faith that I AM capable! For me, working together in a pair has a deep value since you get to dig deep earlier.

    I hope to post every week of our work ours from here on out! Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences and tools! Reading these have been very beneficial to me!

    • Jessica 2:32 am on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lauren, my name is @jessausinheiler & I’m part of the latest class of bootcampers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the blog — at our last bootcamp (was it just yesterday??!!) we talked about wanting to connect with previous bootcampers, so it was fortuitous to see your post pop up in my mailbox.

      I can certainly identify with being young and being colorful. I too have appreciated being in an environment (bootcamp) where both of those things — but particularly the former — are valued. And I’ve also appreciated speaking openly of power dynamics, as it’s made me more aware of the power that we all have.

      Anyways, post on and keep us posted on Friday’s conversation

    • Renee 12:51 am on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is so awesome that you and Anna are practicing together, Lauren! I’m impressed with both of your follow through and its really fun to come back to this space and realize how much it has grown! Congratulations on building that courage. I’m so curious about your experience with Rockwood after our discussions about it. Feel free to ping me offline if you don’t want to post here.

  • Eugene Eric Kim 12:32 am on November 5, 2013 Permalink |  

    Looking forward to our last bootcamp session tomorrow and the last session of 2013! Don’t forget, we’ll be doing tea at Samovar right afterward. Looks like @natalie will be joining us!

    See you all tomorrow afternoon.

    • Jessica 7:32 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Okay team, two things:
      1) Check out this link from BBC today: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20131104-making-meetings-matter… and this is also a hot topic of discussion at my client these days… how to make best practices spread?! Eugene, could we link to your resources on the BBC site?
      2) Had a productive conversation with my colleague Jeremy about our work/professional relationship, workplanning, and sharing information. I felt empowered, partly because our conversation revealed a problem he was dealing with that I could help solve. He was thankful that I named the problem and took interest in addressing it.
      More when we meet! Looking forward!

      • Eugene Eric Kim 10:59 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for sharing, @jessausinheiler! Everyone has write access to the Resources document, so feel free to add away! And so glad that your conversation with Jeremy was productive.

  • Brooking 12:13 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink |  

    Hey team – quick post-meeting check in…. really just a re-cap of what I shared at the end: left really appreciating what awesome self-reflection and learning opportunities that difficult (work) conversations can be… thinking about Divide or Conquer (Diane Smith’s work, here’s a fun little video that summarizes the book: http://www.actiondesign.com/resources/readings/divide-or-conquer/video/) and the role of childhood patterning in our work relationships… loving how work dynamics offer such a keen opportunity to explore our own patterning, conditioning, underlying assumptions, and vulnerability.

    Also SO appreciated the unique value each person brought to Marie’s process and how rich that kind of role play and group feedback can be! Totally cheering for Marie to have an awesome empowered positive outcome meeting 🙂

    • Eugene Eric Kim 12:48 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Diana Smith’s book is another great reference to add to the Resources page. I’m going to add Getting to Yes as well.

      It’s also a reminder of the rich role that big companies have played in this space. Smith, for example, did a lot of work for Monitor. So did David Kantor.

      I’ve been influenced by both of those people’s largely because of Kristin Cobble (my Groupaya co-founder who also worked at Monitor and who was mentored by Smith), but also because of Katherine Fulton (the president of Monitor Institute and @jessausinheiler’s boss’s boss), who gave me Smith’s book!

    • dana 6:11 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Brooking, I just watched the video and realized I’ve seen Kristin map out the act/ react cycle with clients without knowing where it came from!

  • Dana 6:28 pm on October 28, 2013 Permalink |  

    Hey guys!

    I had an all day meeting with the Delta Dialogues on Friday. It went really well. Eugene gave me a mini assignment to pay attention to power dynamics as much as I could. It was really interesting using the David Cantor technique from Kristin’s blog, I tried to think about who made initiating moves, following moves, and opposing moves. The facilitator did a great job of giving each person an equal amount of attention as well.

    At the last bootcamp I asked if anyone knew of any facilitation courses, workshops, or any resources they could point me towards, I would really appreciate it!

    • Eugene Eric Kim 11:21 pm on October 28, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Glad to hear the homework went well and that you had a chance to play with the Kantor framework. And, I hope you’ll take the time in the future to simply experiment with your own muscles as well. The Kantor framework is powerful, but it doesn’t take into account things like space and context, all of which are important to consider when understanding power.

      I don’t have a specific course or workshop to recommend on facilitation. I’m sure the International Association of Facilitators has some good resources. Can anyone else recommend anything?

      My biggest recommendation would be to find as many opportunities as possible to practice! For example, what suggestions might you have for @jessausinheiler on integrating the 100 Questions workout into her workshop?

  • Eugene Eric Kim 3:32 pm on October 28, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: failforward   

    @jessausinheiler’s most recent update coyly made reference to #failforward being “back in play.” She was referring to tweeting stories and using #failforward as a hash tag. Her most recent Tweet is at:

    You can follow a real-time #failforward Twitter feed.

    Some of my blog posts on #failforward can be found at: http://eekim.com/blog/tag/failure/

    My most relevant posts are:

    I believe the challenge posed at the last bootcamp session was for all of you to share stories of failing forward. Feel free to do so in the comments below or in your own post (tagged “failforward”)!

  • Eugene Eric Kim 3:20 pm on October 28, 2013 Permalink |

    Folks have posted enough great links here for me to start collecting them in one place. I’ve created a new Resources Google Doc:


    I put links in from @jessausinheiler and @brooking as well as a few of my own. All you have write access (if you don’t, email me), so feel free to edit away!

    • Eugene Eric Kim 3:23 pm on October 28, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I also made it a link in the main menu above for easy access.

  • Jessica 4:27 am on October 28, 2013 Permalink |  

    Hi team! A few thoughts / updates, apples and oranges but run with me here:
    1. For a really useful report on meeting design, check out my colleague’s recent publication: GATHER: The Art & Science of Effective Convenings (http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center/gather-art-science-effective)
    2. #failforward is back in play! Let’s use it!
    3. Really interested in hearing how it went Marie… keep us posted:-)
    4. Eugene, I’ve been considering using the 100 questions (or a variation) in a convening I’m designing for work. Brief, I’m thinking of having a “peer assist” that starts with the 100 questions to help reframe / crystallize the challenge. My question to you revolves around what might follow the 100 questions exercise (or something similar) when you’re in a group setting… Any thoughts?

    • Eugene Eric Kim 3:28 pm on October 28, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and links, @jessausinheiler! As I noted in my most recent post, I’ve started collecting links posted here into one document, which you can access in Resources in the main menu above. I’m going to respond to most of your other points in separate posts (other than to echo your sentiments about @marie: let us know how it went!).

      Regarding integrating your 100 questions exercise into your convening: I’d like to open this up to the other bootcampers before making my own suggestions. What questions and advice do you all have for Jess?

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