The Liminal Coaching Creative Collaboration Program
It has happened to all of us. You’re happily talking with someone important – a colleague, a family member, or a close friend. Suddenly, they’re looking at you with anger or resentment, and making negative comments, because of something you’ve said. You’re blindsided because you’re not even sure what offended them in the first place.
If you’re well rested, relaxed, and in a good mood yourself, you will probably take a step back and apologize, letting them know you never meant to hurt them. Hopefully, that will be the end of it – it may be that their day wasn’t going as well as yours and they’ll admit that it is affecting their mood.
More likely, the situation will escalate into a full-blown argument, leaving everyone with anger and hurt feelings because the natural response to anger is to meet it with anger.
If an argument doesn’t happen, there is still the likelihood of buried resentment, especially in the workplace where it is generally considered inappropriate to address these issues.
These are especially true when there are already other stressors present. You’re far more likely to react rather than think in this situation.
But why does this happen? How does an innocent comment become a nuclear proliferation? It all starts with how the brain works and encodes information.
We are constantly scanning for threats; it is part of our evolutionary survival. As we experience negative or painful events, our emotional brain records that. When we are in similar situations later, this part of the brain tells us we should be offended, angry, or hurt.
Because this information travels to the emotional part of our brain more quickly than to the higher, more advanced functions, we are more likely to react rather than think. How relevant that memory is will have an effect on how likely we are to react with a negative response. Our amount of current stressors also has an effect, often making an unrelated connection between the “then” event and the “now” event, triggering a completely out of scale reaction.
This reaction is something that most people don’t have a grip on - in fact most people don’t even recognize that they have these reactions. They happen everywhere and are as likely to happen at the workplace as amongst friends or family. The emotional brain does not differentiate.
In organizations where time and resource management is already a high priority, the stress is palpable. This enhances the emotional reaction, encouraging colleagues to compete with each other instead of working with each other. It decreases productivity and is especially damaging to environments where teamwork is essential.
What we need is something that will help us to discharge negative emotion from past events and make us more aware in the moment, that instant when we are likely to react from an emotionally charged memory rather than from the actual situation. Something is needed that will give us greater calm and clarity, to balance and utilize more positive input from our emotional brain.
Our Creative Collaboration training does just that – helping relieve you and your staff from inappropriate subconscious reactivity and have a more conscious reaction to what is being said. With six weeks of structured exercises, subconscious triggers can be drained of their emotional power, allowing staff to have fresh, natural, and stress-free responses.
Each session helps your employees step closer to that goal of being conscious of both themselves and those around them, providing for a more productive work environment with an exponentially lowered stress level.
Read on for pricing and a more detailed description of the program.
Program Content and Pricing
Week 1: Participants will listen to a guided relaxation recording while going to sleep, then make a few notes during the week about the way they are thinking and what they would like to change in that thought process.
Week 2: The next session concentrates on the sources of stress, and how to relieve them. The accompanying video explains the process of clearing the subconscious, and how stress is actually a byproduct of unprocessed subconscious material – both recent and from years before.
Week 3: Having established that it is perfectly acceptable to be in a state of calm relaxation, this session focuses on identifying outstanding, persistent memories that are affecting participants’ emotional reactions. Next, it shows how to process those memories through the REM state, allowing them to become nothing more than memories, rather than emotionally charged triggers.
Week 4: Now that participants have learned how to make these emotionally charged memories into factual memories, we can begin showing them how to clear the mental space that was reserved for reactivity and encourage using that space instead for creativity. Having free mental space in a society that demands constant activity allows for a more rested, positive response.
Week 5: This lesson is about learning to listen to ourselves in a clearer, more productive manner. Humans learn and store a treasure trove of edited and concentrated information, much of which they may never consciously access again. However, the subconscious uses it all to perform hyper-fast pattern matching and solution development. The results of this processing appear to us as sudden insights and flashes of intuitive knowing. Now that more space has been cleared, participants can learn to allow this kind of intuitive information to become conscious by listening to themselves. That is the focus of this week’s lessons, tuning in to all the ways we know and sense things, and having enough calm mental space to allow the results of this subconscious creativity to emerge.
Week 6: As participants enter the final week of the course, they receive a specially written notebook designed to help them stay on the path of what they have learned and to continue the journey forward.
The benefits of this program are numerous, reaching every facet of the participants’ lives:
• Deeper Empathy
• Enhanced Collaboration
• Greater Self-Understanding
• Increased Productivity
• Lower Stress
• More Positive Environment
Creative Collaboration is designed to increase productivity in any workplace, creating happier employees and a more positive work environment for a comparatively small investment. What’s more, we offer substantial discounts for enrolling larger employee bases in the program.
1-9 enrollees: $1,200/person
10-19 enrollees: $900/person (25% discount)
20 or more enrollees: $800/person (33% discount)
There are also more modules in the Creative Collaboration line covering more advanced themes in greater detail. Some examples are:
• Using Intuition to Your Advantage
• Developing Empathy, and Modulating Its Use
• Exerting Self-Expression, While Recognizing Boundaries
We have an additional program tailored exclusively for the executive level. If you’re interested in the details, contact us here.
About Mike Parker
Mike Parker is the developer of the groundbreaking modality called Liminal Coaching, and has over 30 years of experience in global systems helping clients to innovate, overcome challenges and improve performance across a wide range of domains.
He is as comfortable at the director level in a global consulting company as he is sitting in the chair across from you and helping you overcome your blocks and anxieties.
Mike’s interests are deep and broad, ranging across psychology, anthropology, philosophy, math, business, music and economic systems. All of this is supplemented by culture studies and a life devoted to Systems Thinking. Mike has an MBA in innovation, finance and strategy and has supplemented this with further post-graduate studies in Systems Thinking and Governance. He is a qualified Solutions Focused Therapist and a Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute.