Involution: the importance of what’s not there and what gets left behind

Paul said he wanted to talk about “involution”. I had no idea what he meant, but I was willing to along with it because Paul Levy tends to have interesting things to talk about.

Involution means the opposite of evolution. If evolution is about the fittest surviving, about decisions being taken by those who show up, about rewarding winners, then involution is about taking the time to look at those ideas and content that didn’t make it, those people who aren’t there … and reflecting on what that tells us and what value we can get from them.

It’s a useful technique in brainstorming in particular, but also in the facilitation of meetings and decision making, as well as part of “the humble facilitator’s” approach to training and other learning workshops.

 

 Paul Levy


Paul Levy is the founder of CATS3000, a change and innovation company that helps people and organisations to realise potential and thrive. He’s worked with individuals and organisations all over the world for the last twenty years to challenge mediocrity, and to open space for change and transformation … read more about Paul here.

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The Essentials Mix: The Collusion of Mediocrity and how it helped me become a better facilitator

Way back in 2015, in only the second episode of this Trainer Tools podcast, I talked to Paul Levy about his “Collusion of Mediocrity” concept and how it challenges us as facilitators.

It’s one of those podcasts that really impacted me and made me a better facilitator, and so I am re-releasing it here with a bit of additional up-to-date commentary, because I think it grows in value with repetition.

Over the next couple of months the TT podcasts will be a bit more random as I take a break for the summer.

I also wrote about this on TrainingZone website: How you measure training success might be stopping you from succeeding.

 Paul Levy


Paul Levy is the founder of CATS3000, a change and innovation company that helps people and organisations to realise potential and thrive. He’s worked with individuals and organisations all over the world for the last twenty years to challenge mediocrity, and to open space for change and transformation … read more about Paul here.

Do we plan too much? The role of improvisation in training delivery

I am not the world’s best at planning, and probably wouldn’t rank very highly at following a plan either.

I’ve often felt that this was a weakness – I know it’s also a strength (I am good at thinking on my feet and coping with change), but it’s also true that it mightn’t be such a bad thing to plan ahead and perhaps stick to a schedule every now and again … so, when Paul Levy proposed talking about the role of improvisation in training delivery, I was rather excited!

In this podcast he talks through his approach to improvisation, what it means, how we can develop the skills, and his own examples of improvised activities that have worked well, and – because it’s in my nature to ask – times when it hasn’t worked so well!

Here is the link to the Applied Improvisation Network as mentioned in the podcast.

 Paul Levy


Paul Levy is the founder of CATS3000, a change and innovation company that helps people and organisations to realise potential and thrive. He’s worked with individuals and organisations all over the world for the last twenty years to challenge mediocrity, and to open space for change and transformation … read more about Paul here.

The Collusion of Mediocrity

In the second episode of Trainer Tools, I talk to Paul Levy about his “Collusion of Mediocrity” concept.

This is an idea that can be used with both the Consultant and Facilitator aspects of the job, and is about pushing for real change in performance as a result of training interventions. It also has interesting impacts on how we evaluate the impact of training.

(And the sound quality is a bit better!)

This is a Trainer Tools Essential Podcast

Since releasing this podcast I have blogged about it on TrainingZone website: How you measure training success might be stopping you from succeeding.

 Paul Levy


Paul Levy is the founder of CATS3000, a change and innovation company that helps people and organisations to realise potential and thrive. He’s worked with individuals and organisations all over the world for the last twenty years to challenge mediocrity, and to open space for change and transformation … read more about Paul here.

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