I’ve been wondering of late, how important is it for a facilitator, coach or OD person to be objective in the work they do?
I mean, do I want someone who is a clear fence sitter and doesn’t provide direction to a group/individual towards their goal?
And I’m trying to balance this with our understanding that people are largely selfish, are capable of self-determination, and can be capable of achieving great things.
But, if I’m seeking some support, don’t I want someone to provide that direction?
In my Twitter timeline, I observe many of the people I follow and the hesitancy to state they have an opinion about something. So I never truly understand them, because I don’t know what they stand for. Others, I observe, sit on that fence so neatly and comfortably, I wonder what it would take for them to fall on one side or the other.
We are not balanced individuals. We are a mess of emotions, thoughts, impulses and so much more. We are affected, we are weird and amazing, and as humans, that’s what compels us to create relationships in different ways.
So, I’m unsure about this whole kind of pan-partisan thing I experience. If I bring someone in to do work, I want them to bring all of their quirks, foibles and flaws – I don’t want them to be hidden. Because if they’re hidden, then who are you being?
Equally, in facilitation, OD or coaching, I don’t think it’s helpful for the person leading those to be the ultimate “this is your decision, you’re an adult make it up as you go along” type of person. I think I want someone to be able to step in and say “Oi! You! No!” (well, not quite like that, although I might be tempted to do that)
Come on readers, what do you think?