What to Consider Before Attending Pause

It isn't easy

Pause is not so much a training program as it is a transformation program. It's very challenging material and you really only get out of it what you put into it because, really, it's all about you. We can only show you aspects of yourself, but it's up to you to act on what is discovered and shown.

In fact, after a session of Pause, I'm often left stunned and bewildered at what took place in the group setting because I'm working through the same stuff as the participants. It is one of the most genuinely human and challenging environments in which I've had the pleasure of working. People in our sessions are authentic in their journey for self-awareness and improvement.

Whether I'm delivering Pause material in a one-on-one setting, a small team setting, or a larger group, we all are so engaged in learning, especially in those moments where a very tough question is asked or a tough reality is faced. It's an amazing experience.

It's uncomfortable

Several times through Pause we remind ourselves:

Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they are not good at—and even then more people are wrong than right. And yet, a person can perform only from strength.
— Peter Drucker's "Managing Oneself"

The hardest part about digesting that quote is understanding that you almost certainly do not know yourself nearly as well as you think you do. Module 1 of Pause is all about discovering and understanding yourself. We give you exercises and assessments that show you how you're intrinsically motivated.

It leaves us with the question: If we don't know much about ourselves, then what do we really know about anyone else?

It's legitimate work

Throughout Pause, we look at some of our most challenging relationships and professional speedbumps. We have open discussions about these situations and how we can make the most of our next opportunities to improve those challenging relationships and how to get out of the way of the speedbumps (which are usually ourselves, by the way).

You may walk away from a Pause session with more questions than answers, and that's a good thing. We want participants to investigate themselves, their biases, and their worldviews to ensure they are being respectful, humane, and genuine. As a facilitator, I do very little guiding and a lot of question-asking and when the group digs into a topic, it can get intense.

I really hope to meet you in a Pause course, or at least talk to you about it. Please reach out with any questions or leave a comment.