Groupwork Blog articles categorised 'Working well with others'

Interview: Turning pain and suffering into kindness and empathy

“A compelling life story, beautifully told.”   Rosie Batty Glen Ochre had a tough, wild and courageous life. Here’s a link to an ABC radio interview with her partner Ed McKinley, Co-founder of the Groupwork Institute about her and the story she wrote before she died. Raised deep in the bush of central New South Wales, […]

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Giving a hearable message after an ‘incident’

Do you ever reflect on the effectiveness of your communication? Looking back on what happened can help you with a way forward. We ask participants of our Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation to log reflections on their facilitation and collaboration experiences. It’s a simple yet effective way to crystallise your learnings and gain a greater […]

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Group culture: The magic of facilitating group agreements

“How can we work well together?” Last year, we worked with a group of IT professionals who were blown away by our use of group agreements when working with a group for the first time. Many of them had specialist technical expertise, but didn’t have the skills to work well in their project groups. Their […]

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What do you say to them? Our top 5 tips to starting with a new group

You’ve been asked to facilitate a group. How do you make an engaging start? The way you begin can put people off participating before you have even got to your intro activity. You want people to be actively present, contribute with confidence and to listen to understand others in this group, but how? No pressure, […]

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3 Deeper traps to avoid at your next meeting

There’s a lot of benefit to be gained in digging a bit deeper into why you may be finding your meetings frustrating.  People instantly get it when we encourage structure around meetings by emphasising the importance of Beginning, Middle, End and allowing enough time. But we’re often met with some surprise at our emphasis on […]

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Staying grounded is a workplace martial art

Many of us have had exposure to professional training, but one area often overlooked is emotional resilience. We believe it fundamentally underpins our capacity to act professionally… and wisely. How effectively has your training helped you with your capacity to deal with all the challenges your work throws up? Working with people, we’re often faced […]

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