Zoom-Out is a set of cognitive principles and skills to boost effectiveness, resilience and wellbeing.
To Zoom-Out, is to see beyond your current ‘reality’, to many potentially more helpful perspectives.
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens’ classic “Zoom-Out” novella
In one of the most popular stories of all time, Charles Dickens tells the tale of one man who is shown the broader perspective of his life; past, present and future.
The fate of Ebenezer Scrooge is to essentially undergo a series of massive Zoom-Outs facilitated by three ghosts. His current and default worldview is considerably broadened by the three ghostly visitations. Dickens dreamed up and gave form to three unorthodox “Zoom-Out Coaches”. Ones that had their own unique presence, style and unconventional working hours! The third ghost doesn’t even speak. Powerful coaching indeed!
Even though the ghosts scare Ebenezer, they essentially have his best interest at heart.
Ebenezer: “What is your business with me?”
Ghost: “Your welfare!”
Each of the three ghosts helps Ebenezer to Zoom-Out in some way and as with all Zoom-Outs, they positively affect not only the person doing the Zooming-Out but also the people around them.
This workshop follows the plot structure of the novella and takes participants on a series of Zoom-Outs facilitated by the three Christmas Ghosts, namely a Time Zoom-Out, a People Zoom-Out and a Life Zoom-Out.
It can be run with a large team or just with a single person in a personal coaching context.
In the true spirit of Christmas, it aims to help participants:
- reflect on the fulfilling moments of the year gone by
- remember and kindle gratitude for people in their life
- propel them into the new year with a heightened sense of meaning and purpose
The workshop is designed for teams and with a little bit of theatre in mind. The facilitator taking on role of “Narrator” of the story and a co-facilitator providing the voices of the Ghosts. Sound effects are also used to great effect.
Running time is around 50 minutes.
Workshop Facilitation and Materials
You are welcome and encouraged to run the workshop yourself.
Simply contact us via the Contact page and we will happily provide materials for (internal, non-commercial) use with your staff, teams or organisation.
Alternatively, we’d be delighted to come and run it with your team.
MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Zoom-Out.org team!
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