Episode 152: Transformational PD: Part 3 – Responding to Resistance

“It’s hard sometimes to activate compassion and to activate curiosity, but it’s precisely those dispositions that can help soften what we perceive as resistance and open a pathway to explore humanity.”



Have you ever faced resistance while facilitating? Us too! 

In this final episode of our Transformational PD mini-series, Elena is joined by Bright Morning teammate, Maria Dyslin, to discuss and demonstrate how you can navigate resistance as a facilitator before, during, and after your meetings and PD sessions.

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Episode Reflection Questions:

  • Think back to a time you faced resistance while facilitating. What core human need was activated in you? How did you respond? Knowing what you know now (and with the wisdom that time and space provides us!), how would you like to respond in the future? 
  • Maria shared that it’s sometimes hard to activate compassion and curiosity when experiencing resistance. What is a mantra you could use in these moments to be able to embody these two critical dispositions? 
  • Elena demonstrated in her role plays the power of being vulnerable. How vulnerable are you able to be in your facilitation/leadership role? How might being more vulnerable serve you and the colleagues you are supporting?

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