How Well Can You See Your Story

The main purpose of is to teach those in pastoral ministry how to be both in the middle of the action of parish ministry while observing and interpreting interpersonal relationships as a non-anxious party. In other words, How Well Can You See Your Story. The following expression, influenced by the work of Ron Heifetz, describes this skill as being on the dance floor while observing the action from the balcony. teaches an intrapersonal intelligence method for practitioners using narrative based examination of stimulus and response to the action on the dance floor. As practitioners integrate the method, they will be able to be on the dance floor with the benefit of a balcony perspective.

The Reflection-in-Action Synthesis brings self-knowledge to your own story with this question: How ready are you for a come to himself/herself moment? Explore my journey as I worked with this question and learned to lead by giving space. You’ll find what undergirds the written narrative and visual technique in the Anxiety Response Chart that engages my Capacity Challenge, Governing Values / Guiding Principles, and what I Learned.

The Three-Point Practice promotes self-reflective methods that allow the practitioner to move a system from one point to another by injecting the appropriate amount of anxiety into a system without that anxiety being the practitioner’s anxiety. The Three-Point Practice is a learnable discipline that links the stimulus found on the dance floor with a response best guided by a balcony perspective. You begin with an awareness of how one of your three brain functions reacts to that stimulus (Automatic Pilot – brain stem, reptilian; House of Emotion – limbic system, mammalian; and Thinking Cap – neocortex). The Three-Point Practice is further interpreted through understanding Conflict Management Styles (Trust Adverse / Trust Accepting); or The Enneagram (Bandwidth / Center of Gravity); or Ron Kraybill’s Conflict Styles Inventory (Storm / Calm).

The Yellow Pad Discipline (YPD) is a real-time self-reflective adaptive practice that fosters appropriate detachment and participation during meetings by offering the space to those who name you leader. The Yellow Pad Discipline builds on How Well You See Your Story and engages your capacity to better Share Your Story.

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