Remember what it is like being in a workshop or a group meeting to collaborate on a specific project or task? Awkward silences, loud voices dominating, and lack of direction in the conversation. We have all been there. In this episode, we talk with Hunter Gatewood, who shares group agreements that build a culture of power-sharing, safety, and trustworthiness so everyone can take risks without being at risk. Previously a social worker, Hunter Gatewood is the Owner of Signal Key Consulting and an instructor and coach for team leaders.
Here are highlights from our conversation with Hunter on the Unmuted Podcast. Listen to the full episode to hear Hunter talk about his career start as a social worker, the role of safety in protecting people’s narratives, organizational self-actualization, and the role of permaculture design and ecosystem thinking in shaping a culture of justice.
Growing Beginnings as a social worker in San Francisco, starting a company, and path as an instructor and coach
The role of power-sharing in workshops and meetings,
Nurturing safety from being at risk while coaching teams and leaders in change management, and process improvement work
Visual communication and doodling as a bridge and power level
The Six Culture Builders for Team Leaders to build psychological safety and trust
Culturally and linguistically appropriate builders for a just culture
How to foster organizational healing
Managing change fatigue amid political, social, and economic climates
Why being at rest, at pause, and slow and soft is important
“Sharing power is what a lot of opportunity and leadership is about. And it's definitely what needs to happen. So on a, let's say, at a micro level in a instruction session on one of my courses or in a coaching, scenario, group coaching, like the one I was just talking about, one way to share power is to make sure everyone's heard, right, that's what you were part of what you were alluding to. And one way to make sure everybody's heard, it just has a facilitator, this is real simple, is have everybody sit and write, sit and think and write for five minutes before instead of just going with whoever stands up or raises their hand or you know, is really good at interrupting or, you know, getting into the flow of conversation, because they're used to people listening to them, and they're, they're more extroverted probably. So just having that pause to say, Come up with your ideas, and then we're going to share them and you can share them in writing with the person next to you. There's lots of ways to build that out until it's shared in the whole group. So that's one way to help people who is to set that expectation and set and set again, it's we're not just gonna start talking. We're gonna have everybody write something down so that everyone has something to contribute, if they choose to.”
- Hunter Gatewood
About the Speaker
Hunter Gatewood is the Owner of Signal Key Consulting and an instructor and coach for team leaders who helps mission-driven organizations and individuals from grant-makers to hospitals and schools do good better. Hunter helps people move from strategy to implementation, building their knowledge and effectiveness at each step so they are more capable and confident in facing the next set of changes. He does this through the design and facilitation of professional learning networks and change management initiatives, and shorter strategic planning and instruction engagements. Through work with Hunter and the Signal Key team, clients get measurable results for the people they serve and new knowledge and skills for themselves.
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