Join us at a residential workshop from 31 August to 2 September 2016.
We’ll be sharing our experience working with leaders on five continents – in businesses, NGOs, government and education.
We’ll be based at Kings College, Cambridge, in the very heart of the historic city.
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We are all leaders. And we are all followers. We are all working this out together. No matter what you do, we’re pretty sure it involves people. People who are allies, people who are not so friendly, people who want something, people who are impatient, people who are supportive, or pushy, or irritated, or clever, or – well, you get the picture. People are great. And people are challenging. Especially when thrown together as a group. And sometimes we have to lead such groups
You’ll experience a range of approaches, including our signature processes “Action Storming” and “Unhurried Conversations”. You’ll experiment with ideas, with the ways you show up, with how you act, and how you relate to others.
Become the sort of leader you’d feel like following.
We'll share tips and techniques for getting the most from groups. And we'll help you develop your own performance as leader or facilitator.
We’ll work on having bolder conversations – becoming more comfortable on unknown ground.
We’ll practice techniques for engaging the resistance – confronting and overcoming your most difficult challenges.
We’ll experience and reflect on connecting more deeply -learning how to open ourselves and others to change.
And we'll explore ways to create psychological safety in groups. Researchers at Google highlight this as the number one factor in making teams effective.
We’ll work with you to do this in a safe, experimental place. And then you get to use the best bits in the real world.
A residential workshop creates a different mood and experience, and more space for reflection and connection. King’s College is smack bang in the centre of Cambridge, which offers all sorts of possibilities.
What to expect
First, let us tell you what not to expect: lectures, panels, Q and A, and crappy powerpoint presentations. Oh no. None of those. Instead, we’ll use the time to have different types of conversations, we’ll look at different ways of looking at the same thing, we’ll do activities, we’ll use the space we’re in, and the surrounds. It will be fun, sometimes challenging, and did we mention fun? Fun and learning are not exclusive. In fact, we think they are essential.
Talking of learning, what will I learn?
That depends.If it’s the seven steps to being a better leader, maybe not. If it’s knowing how to engage with people, how to inspire and encourage others, how to manage your own, and others’ expectations, then yes, this is what you will learn. And not just the theory. While theory underpins all that we do, we are more interested in finding ways to experiment, to iterate, and to learn by doing.
Wednesday 31 August: 10am to 5pm sessions with dinner at 7pm (dress casual)
Thursday 1 September: Breakfast from 8am, session times 9am to 5pm. The rest of the evening will be free although there may be an optional punting-and-eating activity.
Friday 2 September: Breakfast from 8am, session times 9am to 4pm.
Included: Teas and coffees; Breakfast on Thursday and Friday; Lunch on all three days; Dinner on the Wednesday evening. Accommodation in college on Wednesday and Thursday nights – in single rooms with ensuite.
About your hosts
We are Johnnie Moore, from Cambridge, and Viv McWaters, from Melbourne. We’ve spent the last 20 years working with a huge range of clients around the world. From oil traders in London to disaster recovery teams in Sri Lanka; from fishing communities in the Solomon Islands to academics in Oxford. More about us. You can download our books Creative Facilitation and Nothing is Written from our website.
Booking form at the top of this page
Maximum 20 participants. Price includes two nights’ accommodation (single room with ensuite) and meals as listed. Places are transferable without charge. Cancellation after 15 June not permitted. Email Johnnie or call him on 07973 414263 to discuss bookings. Additional information about travel to Cambridge and arranging additional nights' accommodation is here.
“Facilitating an international group of activists for four days running is a tough gig. But Johnnie did a terrific job, with good humour, humility and enthusiasm. The feedback from participants was resoundingly positive.” – Becky Jarvis, European Director, Open Progressive Engagement Network
“Viv: you were awesome! The best facilitator ever. Period! You can quote me on that :)” – Magnus M. Conteh, Health Programme Coordinator, World Vision
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Johnnie Moore and Viv McWaters
Johnnie and Viv have facilitated all sorts of events, for all sorts of people, in all sorts of places. We've done small team meetings, awaydays, retreats and workshops, and some pretty big conferences too. We've helped NGOs, corporations, universities, schools and media organisations. We've done this as far afield as Washington and the Solomon Islands.
Although we sit on opposite sides of the planet (Johnnie's in Cambridge and Viv is on Bells Beach, Australia) we try to work together whenever we can. We like collaborating because we share an impatience with convention and we like to egg each other on to take risks and try new things. Do contact us if you have any questions.