When called to do mediation, conflict resolution or organizational development, we can use big chunks of process work to shape our approach and interventions. Many of us have adapted our process work training to a whole host of disciplines, including education, organizational consulting, and coaching, as well as a variety of therapeutic approaches. Others of us work in situations where our principle role is neither consultative nor therapeutic. One of us is general manager of a large governmental service organization, the other is chief technical officer of a manufacturing and r&d corporation.
We use the term “Vitamin P” to stand for tiny bits of process awareness that are useful in facilitating everyday situations, particularly when we are not empowered to take an explicit leadership role. A vitamin is a substance that acts as a catalyst for organic processes. A very tiny amount of a vitamin is all that is needed to facilitate these processes; it itself is not the major participant. Process awareness can also function like a vitamin; a tiny amount can help facilitate a difficult process without becoming the central focus.
Joe’s major learning in applying microdoses of pw came as a result of a cycling accident. He will sharea few incidents during my hospitalization, surgery and rehabilitation in which he did not have the rank to be an explicit facilitator, but needed help in getting along with the nursing staff and my fellow patients. He will also share some examples of conflict work in his company. Finally, if time permits, I would give examples of conflict work in my company.
Ted will share how he began to embrace the health system as a necessary world that offered a ‘last hope’ to those who needed a system to ‘work’ in order that their lives didn’t collapse. Ted will share how using Process Work enabled him to ‘become a force for change, transformation, development and growth. Perhaps my ‘burn-out, frustration, hopelessness, presenteeism, worker fatigue and depression’ is a role in the field. Perhaps I needed to believe in my path more and pick up the ‘disturber’ as a part of myself’. Ted will share how using Process Work has transformed his understanding of the healthcare system and the demands it makes on practitioners and service users.