Overall, the Facilitator Development Program (FDP) exceeded my expectations by many miles. I did know to expect something special because, just when I think Gita could not possibly come out with any more gems, especially after one of the many inspirational pieces I have experienced, she hits us with something even more profound.
The FDP gave new meaning to the words ‘accelerated development’. I felt like there was years of knowledge and learning packed into a nine-month journey, and although it was extremely challenging, in the end it was just perfect.
For me, I have never experienced this level of self-reflection, insights and perturbation. The willingness of Gita to keep pushing and pressing to uncover the finer distinctions that make me who I am was at times confronting. However, I can unequivocally say that it is this very guidance that has taken me to new levels of personal enlightenment that I never thought possible before. The reason I could endure the tough times because I know Gita comes from a place of pure love and compassion, and there is not a thing she would not do to assist my journey.
In terms of what I can now take away and build on, I cannot put a price on it. The experience has undoubtedly clarified my life purpose and meaning. From this point on, I will now look to explore those deep places of myself in order to continually learn and grow. My ultimate goal is to bring connection to the world. This has undoubtedly been the most rewarding nine months of my life to date.
The FDP also enabled me to more clearly see the bigger picture. At the first level of the course, transformation is about transforming the lives of every person who is part of the [company name] family – with the natural flow-on being the transformation of [company name] into something awesome. I hold firm in my mind’s eye what it will be like to work at a transformed [company name] – one where people can be who they truly are, where people treat each other with respect and dignity, one where we all feel stretched and valued at the same time.
Although there are nine of my friends on this path, I can truly say that Gita’s focussed attention feels like you are getting one-on-one mentoring and guidance; her wisdom is endless. This is one of the most important steps on my journey and although I wish there could have been more time with Gita, I see the time afforded as perfection.
I entered the FDP from an interesting place, having participated in previously conducted McKinsey facilitator training and then subsequent to the training, having co-facilitated on several workshops. The current course was much more comprehensive however – and I found that my knowledge and understanding of the material and philosophical basis of transformation significantly enhanced. This course enabled me to understand the purpose and meaning behind the entire process – this is a valuable gift indeed.
Being part of the shift in consciousness of the planet gives me a great sense of purpose and meaning. It has given a whole new spin and meaning to the work we are embarking on. It is not just [company name], and we are relieving the pains of humanity. I can still recall the day I realised this – this truly shifted my root perspective! Having this knowledge makes each workshop very special and I know I will treat them as such. I am very proud and feel privileged to be involved in such an amazing experience.
The key lessons for me have been around my beingness, that we are part of a great shift in consciousness on the planet and knowing that I am a spiritual being. All the people around me have seen the effect of the training as well. My partner, family, friends and work colleagues continually comment on my personal transformation and want to know why and how.
The FDP gave a bigger picture for me that has now been reinforced. It is not just about transforming [company name] – it is equally about the on-going transformation of our community, our families, our friends, our customers, and in fact, all human beings to create a higher state of consciousness – both nationally and globally, where fear does not motivate our behaviour. [Company name] is at the forefront of something very special.
As a facilitator of transformation, ‘the process’ involved us being intimately connected and a part of the transformation experience. So, on the one hand, while we were learning about transformation, we were in fact being transformed at the same time. Overall, I found the course to be exciting, challenging, stretching, frustrating and a tremendous growth opportunity (sometimes all at the same time!).
The FDP has renewed and strengthened my desire and passion to spread this work throughout [company name] to enable us to continue the process of becoming an exceptional and distinctive company without equal (globally) – for the way we are in terms of our performance and our culture.
The GBA Facilitation Team has shown itself to be a group of awesome people whose passion, energy, talent and commitment will continue to help in the co-creation of a transformed world within Companies, communities and society as a whole.
I have been extremely pleased with my personal/professional growth, how my internal reality has shifted so much from great fear to confidence and openness. While I see there are many more growth cycles to go through, I feel the shift in the last 9 months has given me the courage and confidence to continue this path. The growth to date has come with a few days of challenges but it has been very worthwhile and valuable. I can now clearly feel and see the difference in my effectiveness as a facilitator of transformation. The main differences I now feel include: no more fear about being heard; knowing how much value I can add by being myself through the uniqueness of me; joy of being with participants.
One wonderful realisation for me has been around the difference between spirituality and religion, and that I am (and always have been) a spiritual being. I had not had a strong association with any particular religion, and had been somewhat disillusioned by some – and thought I was not spiritual. I now realise I have been spiritual as I have always placed great importance on values such as treating each other as people, integrity and acceptance. I feel much more comfortable about being a spiritual human being.