We were working with the chiefs to create a peace agreement, but the demands of the community were not being met. The workshop inspired us to use the identity mapping exercise to find common ground and implement a new dialogue protocol with listening, patience, and respect. Since then, relationships are stronger and the cease-fire has been maintained.
In the workshop, we had a diverse group of ages, backgrounds, and experience. What really interested me is how we all, regardless of age, could relate to the concepts and embrace this new understanding of identity and engaging with change. Really, this approach helps you to relate to life, to your life.
It is me. I am changing, but what is happening involves everyone. At first, I was practicing this new approach with my family, and incorporating new (contemplative) techniques. Then I had an incident with an employee at work. I was more compassionate and we were able to resolve the issue quickly--that’s when I noticed my leadership style was evolving.