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ACE: Why Violence is Relevant to Coaching in Knowledge-work with Bob Marshall

"The greatest religion on the planet is not Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Judaism, but the all-pervasive faith in violence."

Joy is a quality often absent from our workplaces. Our domination cultures generally regard joy as incidental to real work, at best. But in knowledge work in particular, joy directly contributes to health and well-being, and so to more effective work.

In this session Bob Marshall invites you to consider how a culture of violence - in all its forms - detracts from effective coaching.
Find out how to apply the ideas of nonviolence and nonviolent communication to improving your coaching relationships and outcomes, and make work more joyful for everyone.

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  • FlowchainSensei

    Hi Folks,

    I very much enjoyed the sessions, and my thanks go out to all who attended and participated so actively.

    For those folks who wonder about the definition of "violence", this post might help?: http://flowchainsensei.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/what-is-violence/

    Cheers
    Bob

    P.S. There's plenty more Nonviolent Communication topics on my blog, too.

    September 13, 2013

  • Anthony G.

    I don't know if I should be surprised that there were a number objections to the notion that obligation is inherently communication violence. I felt the argument that choice negated the violent aspect of obligation, didn't consider the handcuffed nature of choice and moved the conversation away from the difficult realisation that although obligation is a negative social construct, it is:

    a) ubiquitous and
    b) one we all regularly make of use and
    c) remains unchallenged by alternatives

    Just because a practice is suggested as 'negative' I wouldn't expect anyone to immediately move away from using it without an alternative to facilitate those same outcomes.

    July 25, 2013

    • Duncan E.

      It would be interesting to see some evidence on the effect of setting obligations across a spectrum of workplace policies... To establish what link there is if any between productivity and obliging staff to a) fill in timesheets; b) wear a tie; c) adhere to a specific technology stack / architecture; d) follow a prescribed project lifecycle; e) only work on approved projects; etc... A lot of the literature suggests that giving more freedom results in better products and outcomes for the sponsors of the work, but some good hard evidence would make it easier to make the case...

      1 · July 25, 2013

    • Anthony G.

      - Russell,
      I recognised that was what people thought but I wonder whether the social sciences might reveal things about how human systems operate that we'd rather not admit to, like our notions of choice are naive.
      I have concerns with presentations (and the discussions that follow :) ) that lack provenance for their claims, it's difficult to centre the debate on the propositions themselves as opposed to our emotional responses.

      July 26, 2013

  • Helen M.

    I released I am very violent...be afraid, very afraid :)
    I just thought it was my womanly charms that could sell sand to arabs.

    2 · July 25, 2013

    • Dragan

      But Helen, we all knew that ;-)

      July 25, 2013

  • Richard W.

    DOH! Sincere apologies. I thought this was today and was really looking forward to it... Now I've found out it was yesterday. I feel sad that my need to attend will not be met and am wondering if anyone has a spare time machine? ;-)

    July 25, 2013

  • Sean

    Think it might have triggered something in me.

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • @sleepyfox

    A good talk. I noticed that 'should' was avoided, but I can't remember an explanation of why - perhaps a mention of E' would have helped?

    July 25, 2013

  • Duncan E.

    Good thought-provoking talk. Now I just need to work out how to force my organisation to adopt this approach...

    3 · July 25, 2013

  • Rex L.

    An enjoyable talk. Made me reflect on how to approach Scum ceremonies in a new way

    July 25, 2013

  • Jon S.

    Interesting and thought provoking ideas. I'm not sure the language of using the word 'violence' works for me. All sorts of judgements right there.

    July 25, 2013

  • Jodi W.

    Meetup requires you to make a judgement, eh? :) I'm angry there's only 5 stars I can assign to tonight's meetup!! Bob presented the subject really clearly, employing a good technique of settling and encouraging the group to present the material to themselves! He covered material from a very broad range of doctrines, which I'm sure people have come across in one way or another - but he connected them up in a way that I'd not considered before. I have some non-violent ammo to use in my interactions with people, and maybe even the world, and I'm willing to give it a try. I appreciate that it's something that's too broad to cover in a single 2 hour session to get enough depth into, but is a good intro and I'm interested in knowing more and looking into it, which in a way is a better outcome than it being spoonfed to me in slides. Thanks, Bob!!

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Jodi W.

      Bob, you wanted some feedback? You were wearing a black t-shirt with an apple logo on it ;)

      July 25, 2013

  • Sean M.

    Good food for thought. Thanks to Bob and the organisers

    July 24, 2013

  • Alissa

    Apologies I didn't make, have a release going on ...

    July 24, 2013

  • Dragan

    I'm afraid it's another no-show for me. Here's hoping I actually make one of the future ones.

    July 24, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    Sadly unable to make it now due to work commitments, shame as looks excellent!

    July 24, 2013

  • Aaron

    Sorry I won't be able to make this one. Hope everyone has a good time.

    July 24, 2013

  • Benjamin C.

    Really looking forward to this :-)

    July 24, 2013

  • Rudiger W.

    Enjoy Bob's talk. Hope to be at the next meetup.

    July 23, 2013

  • Nick H.

    Sorry work commitment clash

    July 22, 2013

  • Dragan

    I'll do my best to be there but I'm likely to be late due to client commitments

    July 19, 2013

  • Sean

    Now this sounds interesting :)

    July 16, 2013

  • Justin A.

    Good reminder. Now in Manchester so won't be back in time.

    July 16, 2013

  • Helen M.

    All, Hopefully you are all looking forward to hearing Bob speak next week. As usual to help us anticipate numbers, if you are NOT coming can you please change your acceptance to a decline. Thank you and see you all soon.

    July 16, 2013

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