OUR SOULS AT WORK

EMBEDDING COMPASSION IN THE WORKPLACE

4 DAY PROGRAMME

OVERVIEW

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
THE FOUNDATIONS
NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
HONESTY WITHOUT HARM
NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
HONESTY WITHOUT HARM
NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
HONESTY WITHOUT HARM

My intention within this work is to support the recognition that the workplace is a community and as such needs tending to the life within it. I don't work with 'organisations'.  I work with groups of people who have a task they would like to achieve together, when such work is in service of 'the greater good', wherever they are.   

 

What are the essential questions you hold about your work?  What are the fertile conversations you long to have? And what values are the holding basket for all that you want to accomplish? 

 

START CLOSE IN

Start with your own question....

 

My work starts with the Primary Relationship. Our relationship with ourselves.  Nonviolent Communication is, in the first instance, about practicing a quality of listening for what is alive in ourselves, noticing how life impacts us and creating choice about how we respond to it. In the second instance it's about cultivating a hospitality towards that sense of life.  From this ground  warmth and compassionate presence is cultivated and we are then in a place to listen to and receive others.  

'Start Close In' poem by David Whyte

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A lot of effort can be undertaken to establish core values around what is to be achieved through our work.  The tragedy is that they often end up printed on a sheet of paper and filed away, remaining in the realm of lofty ideas.  

The practices and principles and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication support the embodiment of our values and enable us to bring them to life, thus cultivating a culture of authenticity and trust.

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David Whyte recites 'The Swan' by Rainer Rilke

I've been working in many different ways over the years to earn a living.  I have been a teacher within the Waldorf Movement, I've lived in Camphill Communities, I've been an administrator, a care worker and a florist.  I have worked in the NHS as a personal development trainer delivering suites of training including conflict resolution.  So, I have experienced what it means to complete a task and to have a joint purpose with others through work. There have been joys and I have been in a lot of pain participating within these systems.  I experienced both authoritarianism and domination in all of these settings.  This is because it is the prevalent approach of our culture and of our times.

I'm here now because I long to support the cultivation of environments in a field  away from 'right' and 'wrong', where everyone's needs are valued, considered and where possible supported.  Where there is a quality of listening that enables contribution from everyone and considers the wellbeing of everyone and decisions are made within a 'power with' paradigm'.

These qualities are often in the ether, somewhere, in every organisation, my task is to support them to come up for air and find life.

All the swan does is move towards the water....my journey in the workplace....