Developing Agile Teams

Developing Communities of Practice  and enrolling the organization in continual learning practices contribute significantly to the development of an organizations  ‘agile’ mind set.  They do not require heavy investment can be implemented relatively easily and the results can be measured. If becoming more agile is important then developing semi autonomous groups that both learn from each other and solve problems together is a vital step in creatively dealing with issues quickly.

We call such groups Peer Engaged Relational Learning Groups or PERL groups for short.  

The acronym Perl points to the use of problems or irritants as a stimulus for curiosity learning and growth (which is how real pearls develop) rather than frustration . We have found through practice that it is rare for these dynamic qualities to emerge from groups without some facilitated process. For this we turn to group coaching practice to offer a framework..

In this workshop we teach potential faciliators how to manage the psychological obstacles that occur when convening learning groups.  One of the most important roles of a facilitator in such groups is to open and maintain a functional boundary in which people can challenge each other’s ideas and still feel psychologically safe and valued.  This is no easy task and requires some skill from the facilitator. 

In this two day workshop we show you how to:

  • Set up P.E.R.L groups
  • Establish behavioural norms
  • Unpack and analyse problems in safety
  • Explore potential solutions
  • Free up peoples thinking