Try on this updated version of the four “anti-practices” suggested in the last post…
- Analyzing, the opposite of Appreciating;
- Facilitating, the opposite of Inviting;
- Problem-Solving, the opposite of Supporting; and
- Making a Good Case, the opposite of Making Good.
Yes, I think that Inviting might just be the opposite of the sort of facilitation that coddles, protects, defends, assures, and tries to make sure that everyone gets to speak… and that everyone else has to listen to them. This might explain why some really good facilitators struggle so mightily with Open Space Technology.
Fixing might be generalized to problem-solving in general, and problem-finding in daily practice. ‘Nuf said.
And then, Making a Good Case wants to suggest that the opposite of Good is Best, as Making the Good Case so often means proving and assuring we have and have done what’s Best. This one might end up being called Making Sacrifices, as so much life energy and good work is lost, or wasted, in the process — sacrificed in the name of Best Practices and Measurable Certainty. How much is wasted making sure, , instead of just making good. We chase the ultimate sure thing, free lunch, perfect fit, and best practice — in exchange for the good life we already have and can practice every day — just in case. Maybe it would be more to the point to just say Making Excuses, which happens whenever we don’t think we’re doing good.
OR: How about Playing it Safe?
Nah… I think it’s Making Excuses.