Martha Lask

Philadelphia, Pennslyvania, USA
Phone: 214-247-1740
Skype: Martha.lask1
WhatsApp: 215-205-2930

A time I experienced Collective Flow/ Team Flow was...

I have two examples: 1). Often in the practice of an Authentic Movement group, whether a group is accustomed to moving together or is a newer group, there are times when it actually feels, as witness to the group, that the energy shifts and suddenly, the group is dancing a choreographed dance.  Why it starts and ends, I do not know.

 

2). An example with an LEC group at their second meeting after 6 mos of working together.  We had just watched the TED talk by Brene Brown about vulnerability. I asked the group to  reflect on what was important about the TED talk and then to share their thoughts.  After a couple of people shared, I shared what had come up for me this time. Then, the only person of color talked about her experience as a woman of color in this network of organizations.  There was a sudden hush, a sense of deep listening and it seemed as if time had stopped. Each person’s check out that day was at a deeper level. The result was that everyone reported that the next six months was also experienced at a deeper level. Everyone described his/her overall experience in LEC as having a profound effect on their leadership.   

My passionate work...

I am fortunate to be passionate about all the work I am currently doing: I teach a coaching methodology I developed in a Master’s Program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The students are leaders in a variety of organizations. The method is based on Authentic Movement, and uses many different movement approaches. Through teaching this approach, I and my co-teacher promote the values of compassionate communication, partnership, deep, deep listening and mining the body’s wisdom. Through this, we believe we can change the culture of organizations.

 

I also facilitate a yearlong leadership development program, the Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project (LEC) for a national US network of organizations that deal with issues of child sexual abuse. I have worked with this network for 14 years. The approach uses much of what I have described above and also below in my description of the approaches I use. These organizations are based on partnerships with district attorneys, law enforcement, depts. of children and families, medical and mental health. This serious and sad issue affects all of the partners and produces vicarious trauma. I feel privileged to support the leaders to build stable, compassionate organizations.    

What attracted me to joining the Flowing Tree Research Team

I am curious as to whether we can, though experimentation and collective wisdom be intentional in creating “flow” in a group without it being artificial.

The methods and tools that I most frequently use are: Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting (World Café, Open Space), Art, Authentic Movement, Dance, Dialogue, Improvisation, Social Presencing Theater, Theory U

I often combine several different methods from my years of working with improvisation and movement approaches. Some of what I use would not fall under a formal name. For example, I would say I use “Somatic Movement”, but I am not sure if it is the same as what is meant above.  Examples of my approaches include: 5 years experimenting with “moving spirals” along Theory U; working with many different polarities through movement , such as Intention/Discovery, Dark/Light,  Expansion/Contraction. I use “frames” (or “lenses”) as a way to describe the experience of moving/talking and observing in both organization work and in teaching coaching & movement.: energy, spiritual, visual, story, musical. I use activities to cultivate inner and outer awareness and inclusive/exclusive listening.

Education: Masters Degree in Organization Development (MSOD); Certificate in Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement; Professional Coach Certification (PCC) from the International Coach Federation; many years of training in various OD and Dance/Movement approaches.

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