Boston Facilitators Roundtable - Event Information
SYSTEMS-CENTERED(R) TRAINING: WORKING WITH DIFFERENCES AND REDUCING CONFLICT USING FUNCTIONAL SUB-GROUPING
In this workshop we will explore the innovative method of goal-oriented Functional Subgrouping, which requires people to build on the similarities between their points-of-view, rather than emphasizing and reacting to their differences.
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern
Non-Profit Center 89 South St Boston, MA 02110 UNITED STATES
Most of us have experienced group discussions that turned into ping-pong matches, with players on both sides competing to get their point across Â– and no one really listening to the other. Many of us have seen the negative impact these conversations have on decision-making, as information is left out or not taken into account. In this workshop we will explore the innovative method of goal-oriented Functional Subgrouping, which requires people to build on the similarities between their points-of-view, rather than emphasizing and reacting to their differences.
Functional Subgrouping draws on a theoretical understanding of what works in creating dialogue, and offers a practical application of the theory that has helped hundreds of groups have more productive conversations. Groups using functional subgrouping create a collaborative environment that fosters participation and engagement. It also short-circuits the competitive dynamics that can limit and sometimes shut-down a conversation altogether.
The Functional Subgrouping method is the heart of Systems-Centered® Training, which was developed by Dr. Yvonne Agazarian (1929-2017). SCT® offers a theory and methods for working with groups that is useful for Organization Development consultants, coaches, trainers, therapists and educators. Agazarian was awarded the 1997 Group Psychologist of the Year by the American Psychological Association, and the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute (SCTRI) was recognized for “Outstanding Contributions in Education and Training in the Field of Group Psychotherapy,” by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. Take Aways:
Experience Functional Subgrouping as the method at the heart of Systems-Centered® Training for facilitating group discussion and managing conflict
Understand the goals and steps of Functional Subgrouping in working with similarities and differences in groups
Explore opportunities for applying components of Functional Subgrouping in your work.
Alida Zweidler-McKay, Executive Coach; Preside nt ZMCoach; Leadership and Team Coach, MCG Partners
Alida works with senior executives and middle managers to develop their leadership skills through coaching, training programs and consulting projects. Her clients go from feeling overworked and underappreciated to knowing exactly what they need to do to take charge of their careers. They build teams they can trust, where people are committed and productive. Above all, they gain the respect and recognition that accelerates their career success. Her clients come from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
Alida is a certified trainer for SAVI®, Personify Leadership® and the Power + Systems® Organization Workshop. She began studying Systems-Centered ® Training in 2002 and is working toward becoming a licensed Systems-Centered® Practitioner. She has a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and research experience at Harvard Business School. Alida is a past president of the Houston Organization Development Network.