Positive Response to Cynicism

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Identification
Level of process: 
Intervention
Intent or purpose: 
Responding to situations when a participant says something like, "We have done this same planning process and nothing ever comes of it".
Used as component of: 
any planning workshop
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
5-3 minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
An agreement and plan for dealing with the lack of effecive action after planning events.
Level of participation: 
high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Setting and Materials: 
none
Resources Needed: 
none
Pre-Work Required: 
none
Procedures: 

Even if it is intended as a bomb to undercut commitment, if it is treated as a healthy concern, it loses its power to undercut.

As the facilitator, I acknowledge the statement, and ask the group how it is going to make things different this time.

Background
Developer: 
Jo Nelson
References: 
appeared on the GRP FACL listserve Wed, 20 Apr 2005 10:41:03 -0400. See http://listserv.albany.edu:8080/archives/grp-facl.html
License Model: 
Open
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