The Seven Catalytic Workshops

1. Cultivating Ownership

We are warned, ‘It is not laziness, it is fear: fear of success, failure or abandonment.’[1] And again, ‘Most blocked creative have an active addiction to anxiety driven diversions.’[2] In this session, we explore the elements involved in the creation of your own destiny: taking possession of yourself, your life and your goals, which often includes owning up to your place in a team. In this workshop, we define a team thus: ‘A small number of people with complementary skills, committed to a common purpose, a set of goals and an approach, for which they hold themselves mutually accountable … structured in such a way that they are dependent on each other.’[3]

2. Arousing Curiosity

‘Give them the message you want them to have, packaged the way they want it packaged.’[4] ‘Silly, Serious art is born from serious play.’[5] This is about the art of storytelling, playfulness and the spirit of the game.

3. The Gap

‘If you want to work on your art, work on your life.’[6] Strategy is the easiest pathway to maximum success, given the resources you have available. This is where, building our project around the principle of ‘Quality before expansion’, we identify missing pieces in the road to success. We explore the seven reality principles and their influence on our desire to learn and grow: 1. Reality is there 2. Reality can be tested 3. Reality has teeth 4. Reality has enemies 5. Reality has a gap 6. Reality is to be lived 7. You can become reality.’

4. Activating the Joy of Learning

‘Love knows nothing of order’ (St Columba)[7] Joy is energy and we discover how to rid ourselves of joy inhibitors and where to find joy activators: confession, forgiveness and thanksgiving, to name a few.

5. Loving The Ogre

What do you want, really want, more than anything? We follow the journey of the coach from observing to enabling; from enabling

6. You Finding The Gold Yourself

The one who will never risk being laughed at will never find the gold. Metaphorically speaking, we are on an expedition at night, the client is in the lead and the coach is in the rear—like a blind old treasure hunter with no hands. The coach knows the smells, the tastes and the feel underfoot of the right path. But this is not the coach’s forest, it is the client’s and they are the only one who can actually find the treasure, the moment the coach tries to do that, the gold begins to melt away.

7. Taking Charge

‘So, do it. If you win you win. If you lose, you win.’ [8] This is about ownership metamorphosing into authority. Knowledge, skill, experience, servant-hood, love and spirituality are all important here.

8. Internalising Right Principles

‘In order to build escape velocity you must keep your own counsel.’[9]
We explore the dynamics of Belief Principles (the mind), Attitude Principles (emotions) and Commitment Principles (the will). ‘The cost of a thing is the amount of life required to be exchanged for it,’[10] which makes a video game a very expensive item.

9. Creating & Imagining

‘In a creative career, thinking about the odds of success is a drink of emotional poison.’[11] This last workshop addresses a blind spot. It grasps the nettle of modern western culture—our obsession with the individual as a successful creator—and explores what it means to awaken our deepest creative powers through human relationship. We look at the potential of teams and communities to do what individuals can’t. James MacGregor tells us, ‘Our main hope for dis-enthralling ourselves from
our overemphasis on power lies in … seeing that the most powerful influences consist of deeply human relationships in which two or more persons engage with one another. It lies in a more realistic, more sophisticated understanding of power, and of the far more consequential exercise of mutual persuasion, exchange, elevation and transformation: in short of leadership…We must see power and leadership not as things but as relationships… That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership.'[12]

Footnotes/Reference

1 Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way (Pan Macmillan, Wharf Road, London, 1995) p. 152
2 ibid p. 143
3 Kris Cole, Supervision p. 665, quoting Katzenbach & Smith
4 Paul White & Clifford Warne, How To Hold An Audience Without a Rope
5 Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way (Pan Macmillan, Wharf Road, London, 1995) p. 112
6 ibid, (quoted from Chekov) p.80
7 Thomas Cahill, How the Irish Saved Civilisation: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role, From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1995), p. 176.
8 Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way, quoting from the film Raging Bull (Pan Macmillan, Wharf Road, London, 1995) p. 123
9 Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way (Pan Macmillan, Wharf Road, London, 1995) p. 199
10 Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way (Pan Macmillan, Wharf Road, London, 1995) p. 68
11 Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way (Pan Macmillan, Wharf Road, London, 1995) p. 142
12 James MacGregor Burns, Leadership, (Harper, 1979) p.11