We’re social creatures. Participating in groups and human organizations is an important part of being human. Groups grow and emerge in time. Their identities come out of a history—past values, ideas, and stories that have shaped and supported them. These values illuminate situations in the present that frame a general understanding of how the group might evolve or unfold in the future. These opportunities then transform into powerful potential situations in the future with distinct advantages and disadvantages.
Group dynamics are important. To maximize success, you must confront the challenge of creating cohesion without cultivating conformity. Supporting appearances of uniformity requires sacrificing individual creativity—and thus each person’s actual vitality. By nurturing human flourishing, you increase each person’s individual level of confidence. This results in a far more inspired group environment in which, because they feel valued and safe, people are willing to share their resources and strengths.
Training individuals to become more confident versions of themselves allows them to feel more calm and relaxed. This effects on how groups feel—groups that can laugh and think together are characterized by a sense of openness and relaxation. Creating a group context in which everyone is oriented to individual strengths provides space for continued investment in the group and healthy, sustainable growth in the future.
Companies and organizations flourish through achieving a dynamic balance. From a humanist perspective, the best form of balance requires five core strengths:
Confidence enables your organization to move boldly, informed by a model of leadership that encourages each part of your organization to develop self-trust and an ownership of responsibility.
Communication training helps your team appreciate how to listen for places of misunderstanding without becoming defensive.
Depth develops resources that encourage stability during adverse circumstances, allowing you to be reliable and steadfast.
Integrity is the mortar of culture and values that describe how your organization actually functions.
Wisdom provides a way to move forward that is sustainable, advantageous, and proactive.
CHI approaches professional development using the skills and questions developed in the humanities, which blend critical and creative thinking. These tools allow you to determine what your organization is—and what it can become—in ways that unlock your full potential. CHI further promotes organizational strengths by focusing on training people as whole selves, rather than as parts of an organizational whole. This allows individuals to approach groups with the confidence of being an authorized collaborator rather than passive participant. CHI’s focus on humanist inquiries allows training to help groups move from a fear of uncertainty toward a shared curiosity about the future. This questioning creates a shared space of equality in which everyone has a similar stake. From this place, organizations understand how to achieve a sustainable, dynamic balance.
By focusing support on each participant’s ability to develop greater self-confidence within and beyond a group context, CHI’s training respects and speaks to individuals. People have different sets of resources and strengths that develop at different rates. Growth means something different for everyone: there’s no single standard that fits. The depth of the topics and the scope of the presentations and questions will likely produce quick results among those who were most engaged—but you will, in time, observe shifts in thinking at a more expansive level: confidence is contagious.
CHI’s approach to group training includes:
1: Open format presentation lecture with Q & A from participants
2: Seminar style conversational collaborations that enact learning in dialogue
3: Moments of individual reflection for personalization of material