Each online workshop offered in this Specialty Series is designed to showcase an original application of Genuine Contact as developed by Genuine Contact professionals. Genuine Contact provides a blended, synergistic, holistic approach to change and to leadership. It is not about a big quick splash, but rather about developing the skills, knowledge, and capacity to sustain the ongoing organizational change necessary to thrive in today’s constantly changing, complex times.

Each short workshop has been designed to teach you hands-on applications of holistic ways of working with leaders and organizations. Workshops in this series will offer you ways to develop the skills, knowledge, and capacity to thrive in change that you can begin implementing in your work immediately.

Everything is Not Fine - Grief in the Collective workshop

"Everything is Not Fine" - Grief in the Collective

Online | July 28, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT / 15:00-18:30 CEST

“We believe that change with its accompanying loss, grief work, and conflict is constant. Organizations that develop mastery in working with change can sustain optimal effectiveness. These leaders and organizations recognize that change cannot be managed, that energy spent trying to manage change is wasted energy, and that productive use of individual and organizational energy is achieved by working with change rather than against it.”

- one of five foundational beliefs of Genuine Contact.

How do you bring up a topic as heavy as grief in your collective circles (organizations, teams, groups, and communities)? Collectives, like individuals, also go through constant change - particularly in recent times.  These changes could be positive or negative.  It could be as small as a change in the cozy office setup or as big as a change in leadership or the end of a project, receiving a big grant, or a merger with another organization.

Covid has brought its own set of changes and challenges - working from home, loss of projects, laying off people, a shift in needs, changes in the external environment, reduced time horizons for planning and strategy, etc.  These changes can impact the group as a whole, specific teams, specific locations, or specific groups of people across the organization.

In this workshop, we discuss what you, as part of a collective, could do to restore the vibrancy of your group over time. You will also learn how to create spaces within a group to explore what people are collectively grieving about at a point of time to allow for a sense of individual and collective awareness and offer an opportunity for a group to come together and create a greater will for forward movement.

You will leave this workshop with:

  • Exploring the idea of “grief” in the context of groups caused by change and why it matters to have spaces to allow this to surface and be discussed
  • Understanding leadership in a collective that is grieving – roles and responsibilities
  • Experience using simple tools to support a collective awareness around grief in a life nourishing way
  • Pitfalls to watch out for
  • Leave with inspiration and ideas to explore this further in our own teams, communities, and organizations

How do we bring wholeness back to our collective endeavors?  Working with grief in an organization can feel like an impossible task to take on.  Somehow, working with, instead of against, grief allows a collective to move forward in surprising and beneficial ways.

Facilitators: Manali Shah and Nancy Wells

Upcoming Programs

Save the date for these upcoming workshops:

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    Is there a gap that needs bridging between you want and the worklife you have? In this workshop we take steps to align your leadership and your desisions with what you want to see in your everyday worklife.
  • Creating a Leadership Support System with Eiwor Backelund Jacobsson and Anna-Maria Lindell | November 24, 2021
    Leaders wanting to lead in a different way, for example leading so that all can lead within a culture of leadership in their organizations, will face challenges. A leadership support system could help keep your health and balance and achieve your vision. We will share experiences and helpful tools and we have a question for you: What do you need?
  • More Than One Story (GC way) with Thomas Herrmann | January 26, 2022
    Experience the power of playing the famous storytelling game More Than One Story online the GC Way. Awarded by UN it’s used around the world. Applied the genuine-contact way it’s even more beautiful and powerful.
  • Board Governance the GC Way with Birgitt Williams and Rachel Bolton | March 23, 2022
    As a Board Member or a Consultant working with Boards of Directors, this workshop will support you in making the most of your Board's contributions...working the Genuine Contact Way. Renew, re-energize, and harvest ideas for working even better together.
  • Attending to Your Worldview: The Key to Making Change Successfully with Doris Gottlieb and Rachel Bolton | May 25, 2022
    Every decision and action you take is informed by your worldview. And your worldview is usually subconscious – leaving you operating on auto-pilot. When embarking upon an intentional change – for you or your work – the need to become conscious of and attending to your worldview is both pragmatic and ethical.

About the Facilitators

The facilitators of the Genuine Contact Specialty Series are all Genuine Contact Trainers and Professionals working as consultants, coaches, facilitators, and trainers, or inside of organizations as leaders, executives, and managers. They share a commitment to working the Genuine Contact way.

Each specialty series workshop is based on the experience of these facilitators in working with the tools and methods learned in the Genuine Contact Program. They are experts at what they do, having spent years or even decades developing specialized applications of Genuine Contact. The Specialty Series workshops will introduce you to these applications in ways that you can begin working with immediately, whether or not you've taken any of the Program modules before.

Past Programs

Miss a program you were interested in? Each Genuine Contact Specialty Series workshop is available as a self-study once the real-time event is over. The self-study package includes:

  • audio recording of the original workshop
  • guidebook to accompany your learning
  • copy of the program whiteboards to support your learning

Check out our past programs here: