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Case Clinic

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
30-60 min
Topics addressed: 
Coaching
Leadership
Personal development

Case Clinic is a tool used in the Virtual Coaching Circles at MIT, Boston, Massachussttes. It consisists of: stating an intention, moment of stillness and observation, mirroring stage, generative dialogue, closing remarks and Capturing Key Takeaways.

Aim: 

Practicing presencing (through curiosity, compassion, courage) and provoking chages in society/participation/leadership.
The challenges we face require us to become aware and change the inner place from which we operate. As a consequence, we need to learn to attend to both dimensions simultaneously: what we say, see, sense, and do (our visible realm) and the inner place from which we operate (our invisible realm, in which our sources of attention and intention originate).
Collectively seeing our field structure of attention—that is, collectively becom- ing aware of our inner places from which we operate in real time—may well be the single most important leverage point for shifting the social field in this century, for it represents the only part of our common consciousness that we can control completely. Each of us creates the structure of attention ourselves, so we can’t blame a lack of it on someone else. Hence, when we can see this place, we can begin to use it as the lever for practical change. It enables us to act differently. To the degree that we see our attention and its source, we can change the system. But to do so, we have to shift the inner place from which we operate.

Methodology: 

Cooperative learning.
Instructions:
1. Select roles (1 giver, 4 coaches, 1 time keeper), choose a quiet space, reserve one hour for the activity
2. Intention statement (the case clinic giver relates a current situation to the coaches in the group, states an intention/ future she/he wants to create, listens to how others view the situation, check giver's learning edge/turning camera on to yourself). Don' t try to fix the situation, just listen with an open mind, open heart, open will.
3. Stillness (3 min):connect to your feelings, turn away from the situation)
4. Mirroring: sharing images, feelings and gestures that came to the mind of each coach
5. Generative Dialogue
6. Closing Remarks
7. Capture Key Takeaways

Step by step process: 

Instructions:
1. Select roles (1 giver, 4 coaches, 1 time keeper), choose a quiet space, reserve one hour for the activity
2. Intention statement (the case clinic giver relates a current situation to the coaches in the group, states an intention/ future she/he wants to create, listens to how others view the situation, check giver's learning edge/turning camera on to yourself). Don' t try to fix the situation, just listen with an open mind, open heart, open will.
3. Stillness (3 min):connect to your feelings, turn away from the situation)
4. Mirroring: sharing images, feelings and gestures that came to the mind of each coach
5. Generative Dialogue
6. Closing Remarks
7. Capture Key Takeaways

Materials and resources: 

24 sheets of paper, 24 pencils, 4 spreadsheets and 4 markers.

Outcomes: 

Generating a change in the self and in the group interaction that can later be used in local communities.
How does this change happen?
We start with:
(1) the "I-in-me" dimension: what I perceive based on my habitual ways of seeing and thinking,
(2) I-in-it: what I perceive with my senses and mind wide open,
(3) I-in-you: what I tune in to and sense from within with my mind and heart wide open,
(4) I-in-we and I-in-now: what I understand from the source of what wants to emerge, that is, from attending with my open mind, heart, and will. The four field structures differ in the place from which attention (and intention) originates: habits, open mind, open heart, and open will, respectively. Every action by a person, a leader, a group, an organization, or a community can be performed in these four different ways.

Evaluation: 

I have been part of a group where the tool was implemented but haven' t implemented it myslef so far.

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