Vision creation workshop for the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association
We held a Vision creation workshop for members of the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association in late March. It was an exciting and gratifying challenge that also enriched us. Participants were highly motivated and constructive; they actively took part in the process, and created an imaginative and rich vision for the Association by the end of the day.
Below you can read two personal accounts of the event, and view a few snapshots.
This has been a new experience for us, we have never done anything like this, but there is a first time for everything. We asked Concordia Organization and Management Development Co. Ltd. to prepare, manage and administer the program, since they have immense experience and great recommendations in this field.
We used this first occasion to draw up the vision for the Association. Our trainers came up with an interactive, thought provoking program. There have been many viable suggestions and ideas regarding fundraising events, organising programs, community life, and events that enhance the quality of life for our members. We had some great, spirited teamwork, we shared and discussed questions, and drew up a list of ideas that could be used in the future, making this a highly fruitful and memorable day.
Funds for the workshop were provided by the National Cooperation Fund, assisted by a generous discount provided by Concordia.
Ms Zsuzsanna Gáspár, president
Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association
Future is Cool
The Future is not something fixed where we just arrive; instead we shape it for ourselves.
Zsuzsa Gáspár, president of the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association has invited an organisation development company and asked them to help the association with their efforts. That is how I got involved in creating a vision. That was a bold venture for me, as my personal vision is nothing more than a blurred blob; something opaque that changes and shifts rather frequently. On the other hand I have never been afraid to manage things or people, even if unsolicited. So when the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association invited me to their organisation development and vision creation program, organised by the experts of Concordia Organization and Management Development Co. Ltd., I figured I would attend and share all my ideas.
I am a democrat at heart who loves to hear the opinion of others; and to think and work together with others. Yet it does not sound like an easy task to manage an entire organisation, to make sense of a bundle of unbridled thoughts, or to formulate and realise objectives. All it takes is a little bit of organisation skills and thinking. The organisation development brainstorming session lasted about six hours, and my brains quit right about the end of the workshop. Little wonder, though, as there was a storm of thoughts coming in, and the constant flux of ideas does wear you down after a while.
So, what exactly is organisation development good for?
It helps you create a vision. In order to do that you invariably need to know where you are at now. Not geographically, of course (although that is one way to imagine it), but as regards the current situation of the Association. The endless brainstorming came second, and then finally we discussed what we needed to do to realise these ideas and objectives. The only reason I am not spoiling the fun by telling you exactly what exercises we did is that it would be too lengthy to do that. Suffice it to say that the development work also included the approach championed by psychologists and self-awareness tests, i.e. that you should write about your future in present tense. We organised our objectives in four main categories, establishing what the organisation wants to (I mean, what it will) achieve within a year. We need to develop the items within these four categories:
- Financials (securing resources)
- Event organisation (organising external events for members)
- Community life within the Association
- Opportunities to improve our quality of life
You find out a lot at meetings like this; not only about the Association but also about its members. About desires and ideas, their joys and sorrows, their plans; what they lack, and what they think. In other words it was great to be part of the vision planning process for the Association. Even if my brain was fried by the end of the session.
The coaches chairing the workshop (Mr. Sándor Pataki and Mr. Tamás Benedek Szilágyi) were kind, outgoing, helpful and thorough; the event was entertaining, informal and good-spirited. There were about 15 SM members actively participating in the program.
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"Considering the situation I am in now, I could not have picked a more useful training. What I really liked about it was the great balance between theory and practice, which meant I learnt about a good deal of specific things that I had not paid attention to, at least not consciously. I am definitely going to change that. I warmly recommend this training to everyone.
It was a well-constructed training with solid proportions giving ample emphasis to both a theoretical basis and practical applications. I think it would be useful for those about to embark on leadership tasks, as well as for practising leaders. The three days we spent together were also beneficial for team cohesion.
I have recently participated in Leadership Training 2 which was hugely helpful in developing my leadership thinking, and gave me ideas about how important it was to organise coaching meetings aimed at developing my colleagues, as well as about how to construct these meetings. My primary takeaway from the training was processing the opinion my subordinates formulated about my managerial efforts, as well as the coaching talk situational game, the learnings from which I can incorporate into actual trainings I conduct for my colleagues. I had a great time at the training, not the least because we had a highly competent and professional trainer (Mr. Tamás Szilágyi) who made sure everyone was actively participating all the time.
I learnt several techniques at Concordia’s training. The program has allowed me to be more assertive and more open when speaking to an audience. Me and my colleagues have gotten much closer together during the group activities, often our presence alone could help the others complete the tasks. The training has sown new seeds in me, awakened new thoughts and put me into a different perspective. All in all, the training provided by Tamás worked perfectly both as team building and as a personality building program. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone because you need to leave your comfort zone to allow for your personal development.
Feedback from Participants
As an HR specialist and supporter of participants in various career and talent management programs, over the last few years I have had the privilege of participating in several management trainings provided by Concordia, mostly facilitated by Tamás Szilágyi. It has been a highly positive experience going through the training with various groups, because while the topics were similar, the discussion of an abundance of real life situations and the sharing of personal experiences made these programs highly varied. At the beginning of our cooperation we developed the topics and structure of the trainings together with Tamás, and as feedback were received we kept fine tuning the content and the structure over the years. The flexibility and professionalism of Tamás made working together easy; he was very receptive to reactions from participants during the trainings. It is good to see how much of the learnings and lessons former participants have incorporated in their daily operations."