4 March 2019

Facilitating a 'Soulful Organisation' - Good for People & Organisations! | Monday March 11, 2019 | 5:30PM

There is a Zeitgeist; organisations around the world are embracing ideas like self management [no boss], wholeness and evolutionary purpose. Where is Australia in that journey?

In this session, Stephen Hanman and Ian George will play, demonstrate and articulate how to facilitate “From Me to We” in organisational life; a sustainable alternative to the traditional, top-down hierarchical organisation. It is a mindset change to a Values Based Organisation that Aligns System and People.

You will experience some of what transformed the design and construction team. This includes the ‘Fruit’ presentation that the client used to explain the change in the organisational system, and the ‘Red Blue collaboration simulation’.

Come and join us for an interactive session. Stephen has been facilitating organisational development for more than 20 years and Ian was the CEO of the integrated property development company that underwent this cultural and organisational transformation.

For more information about Stephen and Ian and to get a free download of the book please go to www.CollaborativeEnquiry.com or www.stephenhanman.com/
About Stephen Hanman & Ian George
Stephen is a national thought leader in the collaborative conversation, first deepened in the Supply Chain Industry and then in Construction. His experience provides a proven new way to deliver projects where ‘Everyone Wins’.
Stephen has supported the Dulux Group Supply Chain for over 20 years assisting Dulux to become a world class Supply Chain performer in the 90s which they have, like very few, maintained to this day.
Recently Stephen led a project with Dulux Group and Linfox to create ten-year contract for a collaboratively designed and managed co-sourced relationship, a first in this space in Australia, which was announced to the Australian Stock Exchange in March 2015. Stephen took the role of strategic collaboration facilitator between the two organisations.
Stephens experience in the Construction Industry, documented in his book “From ME to WE; Design and Build Collaborative Workplaces”, outlines his strategic collaborative capability in design and construction which supports the team to create end to end business processes that add value to stakeholders.
Recently Stephen has joined the Two Hands team; a technology based supply chain start up who plan to distribute the primary products supply chain with direct delivery to top end restaurants via blockchain technology.
Stephen also has experience at senior levels in managing organisations and is currently Chair of the Dyson Group of Companies, the largest family owned bus company in Victoria with revenues exceeding $150m. The organisation has grown dramatically over the past 6 years with Stephen in this role, culturally and strategically, with strong family values at its core.
 
Ian was a founding director of Melbourne integrated property company CGA Bryson where he was responsible for finance and construction. The CGA Bryson Group specialised in funds management and commercial development which at its peak had 5 divisions, 50+ staff and $250 million in projects in a spread of private equity, Joint Ventures and Funds Management.
In his construction business, Ian forged a new collaborative approach to working with staff, contractors and consultants which was later identified as also occurring in Europe and America by Frederic Laloux in his bestselling book ‘Reinventing Organisations’, suggesting a ‘global zeitgeist’, a new mood to ‘human’ approaches in business.
Until recently, Ian was a director of Bryson Funds Management Ltd which was relaunched as SupraCapital Ltd, a real estate debt and equity manager, providing Ian an opportunity to focus on his core interest as a director of Collaborative Enquiry Pty Ltd.
A patron of the arts, Ian George has a particular interest in contemporary Australian and International art and has supported numerous artists and art exhibitions.
He was responsible for bringing the exhibition 'Joseph Beuys & Rudolf Steiner Imagination, Inspiration, intuition' to the National Gallery of Victoria in 2007. Ian is interested in practical approaches to Beuys’ Social Sculpture and how these can create impulses in society to transform it, in freedom, in an open and humane way.
Since 2009 Ian has been working with RMIT University on a project titled “Every Human Being is an Artist: The Art of Changing One's Mindset”; an exploration into Social Sculpture.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
April 08th
Hope in a Time of Global Despair
with Eoin Higgins
May 13th
The Authentic Facilitator with Michelle Howard

4 February 2019

Facilitating Creativiy with Phil Cross & Kerry Boys | Monday February 11, 2019 | 5:30PM

Creativity is a vital skill for every individual. In fact it may be the last skill we humans give up to AI and automation. It facilitates problem solving, creates new ideas, improves organisations and changes the world. It’s the difference between leading the way and simply following.
As facilitators, our role is to help groups solve problems of one kind or another. As part of this process, we almost always seek the most diverse and unique set of ideas possible. Why? Because diversity, when skillfully facilitated, is an incubator for creativity
 
This fully interactive session focuses on providing the processes and techniques to enable facilitation of creative problem solving, pulling from schools of thought such as design thinking and human centric design.
 
We will take a specific challenge and work through solving it creatively it as a group.
 
Importantly, we bring effectiveness to the forefront. How can we ensure that when driving creativity we are also considering the needs of all stakeholders.
About Phil Cross & Kerry Boys


Phil is a digital consultant and strategist with over 12 years of experience helping businesses grow, implement change and navigate disruption across Europe and APAC. Combining a background in digital strategy, marketing, facilitation and coaching, and with a passion for human and organisational development, Phil has led consulting and transformation initiatives for some of the worlds most notable brands.
Kerry is a passionate strategic problem-solver, utilising these skills to accelerate the growth of individuals and organisations from start-ups to global clients. Her experience spans business & marketing strategy, people development, organisational design and operational efficiency.  Kerry is happiest when bringing people together to solve problems they previously thought were impossible.
Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
March 11th
Facilitating the 'Soulful' Organisation
with Stephen Hanman
April 08th
Non-violent Communication
with Kate Raffin



3 December 2018

Its Wildcard Night! Monday December 10, 2018 | 5.30pm

Do you have a new idea to try out with a receptive audience?
Do you have a short process that you want to practice before you do it live with a client?
Have you been considering taking a guest facilitator spot but want to get some experience with the group first?
Do you have a short process that is energizing and fun?

All these and more are what wildcard is for. You can be guest facilitator on the night for between 5 and 20 minutes.
Typically there is time for around 6 short sessions.

 
Wildcards are for everyone no matter what the experience level. They are unpredictable, engaging and always fun.
Wildcards are a great way to experience a range of ideas and tools from a variety of different experiences.

Wildcard sessions are organized dynamically on the night. Just turn up with your idea.

Everyone else just turn up to learn from the experience and have fun.


Xmas Social
Please join us for networking, conversation and laughter afterwards at the nearby, very economical Pho Mumum Vietnamese Restaurant, No 16 Broadway, Chippendale (opposite the Big UTS Tower). Average meal cost only$10. 


Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact 
Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com
 

5 November 2018

Facilitating DOORS to Deep Learning with Dr Eugene Fernandez | Monday November 12, 2018 | 5.30pm


As problems we deal with become more complex and critical, we need leaders who are able to transcend those limitations by evolving solutions, which are at least one step above the thinking that created those problems.

Drawing on frameworks and applied research within organisations my aim is to facilitate understandings and conversations about how we could open Doors to Deep learning within organizations that shift and address sticky problems.

I expect that we will journey through a process, sometimes didactic, and propositional and at others experiential and if the journey and time permit we will co-creatively explore what I have termed ‘4 Frames of learning’, which encourages Facilitators and Leaders to adopt a more holistic, context bound and qualitative frame to their interventions.


About Dr Eugene Fernandez
Eugene has over 25 years experience as a consultant, facilitator, coach and senior manager spanning various industries and sectors globally. He has held senior roles as a Company Director and Program Director for Australia’s leading Business Schools, MBS, AGSM, MGSM and AIM. In many of his projects he works as a partner embedded within the business to impact on and resolve more complex and sticky problems.

Over 10000 managers have participated in his interventions and programs. Eugene has consulted to prominent organizations such as: AMP, AbbVie, Americold, BHPBilliton, Bunnings, Mars, Pfizer, Roche, Rabo Bank, Reserve Bank, Sun Microsystems, Thomas Cook, Transgrid, Guild Group and many government and community organisations.

Recent Projects include:
  • Worked with the MD to improve the Leadership, decision making and strategic capacity/capability building of the Executive team for an electrical utility for 2.5 years, culminating in a privatisation of 10.2 billion dollars over a 99 year lease to an international consortium.
  • Designed and implemented leadership strategies and leadership development for over 40 organisations.
  • Enabled, advised and facilitated over 200 Strategic Business improvement projects within a range of industries with direct KPI and business impact.
  • Facilitated Executive/ Senior teams /Boards with visioning/futures strategic/operational planning and  relationship building.
  • Facilitator, Centre for Creative Leadership for their senior programs in Australia for the last 10 years.

Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact 
Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

2 October 2018

Facilitating Wellness: Success in the System with Ingrid Messner | Monday October 08, 2018 | 5.30pm

October is Mental Health Month

Health is at the core of leadership. However, health is a term that is often misunderstood and seen too narrowly. Mental health is more than “mental”. People are wasting time, money and energy looking in the wrong spots for solutions to create healthy results and wellbeing – for people and planet.

Currently, we are transitioning from a knowledge-based to a wisdom-based economy. The best leaders know the value of making time to understand the whole picture—the detail and crucial broader context. I will be sharing a holistic perspective that is critical to success. Without it, you sacrifice productivity, performance and – most importantly - wellbeing.

The session will be highly experiential. Together as a group, we will be going on a journey and explore the different aspects of wellbeing.

Outcome for participants
  • Increased awareness on how to leverage fresh perspective for
    complex challenges.
  • Practical applications of ancient wisdom for today’s most pressing
    health challenges.

About Ingrid Messner
Ingrid is a leadership expert with over 25 years experience working with clients from diverse countries, cultures and industries.

An authority in her field, her portfolio includes roles in corporate and management consultancy, accreditation as an executive coach, running leadership programs and wilderness retreats, and an MBA.

Ingrid leverages ancient wisdom* to optimise performance and wellbeing, enabling you to develop greater influence, impact, a clearer purpose, robust vision, and increased happiness.

Her business acumen, deep connection to nature and firsthand insight into over 50 cultures worldwide, provide an innovative approach to success.


Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact 
Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

3 September 2018

Facilitating Collaboration with Greg Jenkins - Monday, 10 September 2018, 5:30PM

Early in my career as a facilitator I was confronted with a burning question. A senior leader in a large organisation pointed to a group of 20 project managers in the distance and said “You see those people. They each manage multi-million-
dollar infrastructure projects. Each of them comes to a meeting with hand on heart and commits to do something. They leave the meeting and then don’t do it. What can you do about that?”

This brief conversation was a turning point for me. From that day forward in every facilitation project I set about finding an answer to the question.

Fast forward to this year (2018) where I was facilitating a collaboration workshop process in a complex project. 6 weeks after the workshop all 25 key stakeholders reconvened. After the meeting several senior people commented with surprise that it was the first time in their experience that everyone attending had actually done what they said they would do.

For me it was normal. I have experienced this in workplaces, classrooms and communities and across corporations, government, education, small business, NGOs and NFPs.
Was it skill? Or was it the ‘system’? Could anyone do it?

Bringing all this experiential learning together is the purpose of the ‘Collaboration Project’.
Get an update at the next Facilitators Network meeting.

  • 5 x Core skills required to facilitate collaboration; 5 x core Values; 5 x Energising principles; 3 x Process stages; 3 x Practice toolsets
  • Vertical development. How do you know you are ready to facilitate collaboration?

About Greg Jenkins
Greg has been a long-term active member of the Sydney Facilitators Network. Greg is a highly experienced facilitator, coach and program developer. He works in complex collaboration-based situations across business, government,
education and community specialising.

This session will be highly experiential and practical.




Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact 
Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

6 August 2018

Three-Room Dialogue: Applying the OBREAU Tripod with Don Dunoon | Monday August 13, 2018 | 5.30pm

A dialogue, as framed here, is an exploratory conversation to tease out differing perspectives on a ‘tough’ (thorny, sticky) issue, to help those involved gain an expanded, more complex and nuanced appreciation of the topic.  While dialogue can support subsequent decision-making and action, detailed planning requires a separate conversation.

Though potentially very powerful, productive dialogue tends to be hard to achieve. People can be trapped in default behaviour patterns of reacting, judging and ‘dancing around’. One challenge is participants being ‘certain’ their own views reflect an objective truth.

This session introduces an approach to dialogue designed to minimise the negative impact of default patterns such as those mentioned. ‘Three-room’ dialogue utilises the OBREAU Tripod structure with ‘OBREAU’ reflecting the first two letters of each of the pivotal words, Observation, Reasonableness and Authenticity.

Such a dialogue is bookended by an Introduction (e.g. description of the topic and outline of the process) and a Synthesis segment (e.g. distilling themes emerging, and where to next). The metaphorical ‘three rooms’ form the bulk of the conversation.

Just as the rooms of a house imply different intentions, activities – with the kitchen, for instance, associated with food preparation; the living room with entertaining and relaxing – the three dialogue rooms also imply different orientations:
  • Room 1            Grounding the Dialogue – identifying and exploring relevant data, evidence and other observables
  • Room 2            Shifting perspectives – imagining the standpoints of stakeholders, including those not in the conversation, allowing they can be reasonable at this time
  • Room 3            Our voices – opportunity for participants to speak with authenticity in raising questions and sharing what matters to them.
In the session, participants will practise being in, and facilitating in, the dialogue ‘rooms’. Topics reflecting currently controversial issues will be used to illustrate aspects of the dialogue process and the facilitation work involved.

Facilitators will gain insights and methods they can apply both in enabling dialogue and contributing in a range of other settings.


About Don Dunoon
As an independent leadership and organisational development specialist, Don has over 20 years consulting experience. Based in Sydney, he has worked with clients and colleagues internationally. He is the author of In the Leadership Mode, a book that frames leadership and management as different forms of action in dealing with tough challenges. His writings and materials have been used in leadership-related courses at several leading US universities. A workshop on Don’s OBREAU Tripod structure, for supporting conversations that matter, was awarded "Outstanding Educator Workshop" at the 2016 conference of the Association of Leadership Educators in Sacramento, California. Don presented at the AFN 2015 and 2017 conferences, and at the 2018 World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Seattle.



Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com