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Before working with any group a facilitator needs to understand their mood: what have they been through, what issues currently occupy their minds and – perhaps more importantly – how do they feel about it all?

Are they tired? Cynical? Paranoid, frustrated… or maybe even angry?

To some, powerful negative emotions are a hazard to be avoided.

To us, they are a propellant to be harnessed.

Let me explain.

I used to build rockets as a kid so I know they’re just a bomb with travel plans; direct all its explosive power into narrow column of thrust and you’ve turned a weapon into a vehicle.

It’s the same with groups: their unresolved emotions and tensions are like rocket fuel… give it a safe place to speak up and you’ve got a combustion chamber. Mix in a problem the group really want to solve and you’ve got some serious thrust.

Set a course for a future everybody wants to see… and stand back.
Easy. It’s just rocket science.

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Written by Jason Clarke

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Celebrated author, adventurer, gold medal Olympian and popular TV chef; Jason is none of these things. He is, however, one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country. As founder of Minds at Work, he’s helped people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shooting to culture change and leadership.