Masterclass Provocative Coaching for Agility

This course will be highly interactive with a good balance between exercises and theory.

Be prepared to be surprised and acquire a huge load of new skills you can put in practice right away.

This course will be held in a safe and great atmosphere to maximise the learning.

If you have any special wishes for the event let us know, we are here to make it a splendid experience.

Ends on March 10
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Gent, Meetdistrict, Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808, Belgium, Belgium
March 11, 9:00 am —
March 12, 5:00 pm CET

Course Details

How to motivate the elephant...

As an agile coach you are always dealing with change.

Although youare an expert in your field, and you know how to shape the path of change, youknow which direction you are headed to, with the organization or the team,but the most difficult thing is to motivate the people towards that samechange!

Maybe youtried a bunch of different interventions to engage. Stimulate and motivatepeople like giving more explanation. Visualizing theend-result. Swearing, convincing, trying to influence the most importantdecision-maker in the team…? But for some reason all these interventionsfailed…

To avoidburden to yourself, you probably attributed the fail to the company, the team,the individual team members,… But what if you had made other interventions?

Introducing Provocativecoaching: a quite new approach with which you work most of all with theemotional part of the brain to motivate the Elephant!

Thedesigner of this method is Frank Farrelly (1931-2013).

Having aMasters Degree in Social Work from Catholic University, Frank was a member ofthe Academy of Certified Social Workers. For many years he was clinicalprofessor at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work and assistantclinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University ofWisconsin Medical School.

Frankstarted his career as a Rogerian therapist in a psychiatric centre. After a fewyears he was frustrated about the fact that patients did not change by applyingthe methods of Carl Rogers.

One day hebegan to say what came up in his mind, but in such a humoristic way thathe could afford that and observed a surprising result: psychiatric patientsbecame more assertive, more confident and more active! In those days, thetherapeutic establishment was not amused with this experiential andunscientific method and way of working with patients, but the patientscame out of their comfort zone and made progress really quickly…

FrankFarrelly was described by one of his clients as “The kindest, mostunderstanding man I have ever met in my whole life, wrapped up in the biggestson of a bitch I have ever met.".

In this Masterclass,Tim Vanmarcke will use different provocative interventions to reach difficultteams or groups, see the humorous part in it and book results you never sawbefore!

You canexpand your possibilities and learn more about your own coaching style: yourattitude, your framework, what you do in interaction and communication and whatworks and doesn’t work.

Within yourown specific coaching style, you can choose different provocative techniquesthat you can use to help the team towards more responsibility andself-organization.

In thisMasterclass you will learn to:

  • use warmth, humor and provocation as a team coach
  • push your own limits and step out of your comfort zone
  • understand, experience and use the perspective of the team in change work
  • develop provocative interventions for and with the team
  • recognize and work with different team cultures and break down patterns of those teams
  • get insight in how a team crisis can lead to change
  • maintain and increase self-organization of teams by using provocative techniques and interventions

Please note that some coachingexperience is required to optimize your participation in this workshop. 

Additional info

The book ‘Switch’ by Dan and Chip Heath, also known for their book ‘Made to Stick’, is a remarkable book about how to change when change is hard.

However, the Rider’s control is precarious because the Rider is small compared to the Elephant. Anytime the six-ton Elephant and the Rider disagree about which direction to go, the Rider is going to lose. He’s completely overpowered.

Most of us are all too familiar with how our own Elephants overpower our Riders. You’ve experienced it if you’ve ever slept in, overeaten, dialed up your ex at midnight, procrastinated, tried to quit smoking and failed or skipped the gym.

You’ve also experienced it within your Agile Adoptions and change tracks. You’ve experienced it when people didn’t follow up on your advice, procrastinated, resisted change, couldn’t go as fast as you wanted them to go,…

In those situations it’s the weakness of the Elephant that overpowers the Rider. It’s the emotional and instinctive side that takes control and ignores the Rider.”

Here comes Provocative coaching: a quite new approach in which you work most of all with the emotional part of the brain to motivate the Elephant!

Introduction Provocative Coaching video

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