ORSC Systems Integration Recap

I’m finally forcing myself to find time to take CRR Global Organization and Relationship System Coaching training program.  Beyond Emotional Intelligence (relationship with oneself), and Social Intelligence (relationship with other) lies Relationship Systems Intelligence where the focus is on the entire group, team or system. This is a five course program and I already took the first ORS@Work course, Intelligence course, Geography course and Path course. This last week I took ORSC Integration (Three-day course focused on a learning space where you can deepen and hone the skills of Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching.) I said forcing myself early this in post but let me explain. I’m lucky in that many Agilists have attended this program and I’ve benefited from their shares at conferences and other trainings.  As a result, I’m pretty familiar with a good portion of the course program, which always made the investment in time difficult to balance.  However, 2019 was the year for me to cut back on conferences, thus a perfect time to work in this training. Overall, the experience was positive. What I enjoyed the most specific to this class:
  • This course finally felt like flow of creating a space for others to move forward.  I have always looked at this program as tools to leverage, blend and adapt for what would be helpful for others.  This course fostered this and allowed for practice in exactly this.
  • I got to take this class with a different group of people.  I couldn’t take the last course with the same Toronto group as the dates didn’t work for me.  I gained so much for learning with new people, helping new people, experiencing different journeys.  I mean there were people I missed (looking at you Simon in particular) but I’m actually very grateful for the experience of doing this with a different cohort as well.
  • The instructor: Maddie was flying solo this round.  She provided key insights, gave space for bringing yourself and helped keep things moving over the three days.
What was difficult specific to this course:
  • This is what I wrote from the first course.
    • The cornerstone of “Reveal the system to itself”.  I can fully support helping others reveal the system.  I can fully support highlighting repair bids to reveal the system.  I can fully support highlighting the possible unsaid/elephant in the system.  What I am still not completely understanding is the impact/value of a leader potentially labeling the system and impacting the system in negative ways.  For example, I asked a deeper question to the instructors.  After some discussion, the instructors asked the system “what are you sensing”… words such as friction were highlighted.  If I wasn’t as strong as I was, the system (being creative and intelligent) was telling me to stop asking questions.  Is that healthy?  Or what should leaders be doing to help the system evolve.
  • This round of the concept was non-existent.  I didn’t feel like this was a factor or an issue.  Something for me to ponder.
  • The modification of the deep democracy tool still leaves me wanting more.  I now see it as more of a ventilation tool that should be followed by other tools but whenever we do it – I’m always left with untapped potential feeling.
  • The final scenario was a complete and utter trigger for me.  A couple, whose baby was born on March 17, 2004 with heart issues…this is my son’s death anniversary…this exact date.  I absolutely had to right to pass to not impact anyone else experience/learning.
Overall for the program as a whole:
  • The high was absolutely the various tools – tools for ventilation, tools for exploration, tools for perspective considerations, tools for positivity.
  • The compromise for me continued to be the emotional field revealing that I’ll just stick to blank access questions (instead of “I am noticing tension with you clenching your fists – to – What do you notice happening right now?”)
  • The low for me was some of the forced community aspects – Saying “all in” is a choice and not one that should be directly told for people to say.  I decided to say “I’m here” as the final statement.
All that said, I’m glad that this was the final course.  I really enjoyed these three days and am walking away with a significant number of tools and a confidence in applying/integrating them into my leadership.  I’m grateful for this experience and glad I invested in going through the whole program – even if there were moments that were just too fluffy for me. What did you enjoy most about ORSC?
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