At the October meeting, CCNet member Charles Whittaker ran a session called Are You a Warrior, A Worrier or Something Else?
The model is based on concepts proposed by Freud and Jung and was developed by Terrence Watts in his book Warriors, Setllers & Nomads. It explores our individual evolutionary roots to discover our in-built, instinctive preference to be a Warrior, a Settler or a Nomad. These preferences are potentially suppressed by our environment as we develop into adults and the resulting incongruence can lead to inner conflicts and external behaviours that may feel unnatural to ourselves or be perceived negatively by others. Amelia Hill’s Observer article gives a good overview.
Charles took us through the concept and demonstrated some of the techniques for assessing our warrior, settler nomad preferences, through asking a series of questions to help visualise each type in turn and to expose how we relate to it – like / dislike, logically / emotionally. Further exploration of each type and in particular any incongruence between our instinctive Warrior, Settler or Nomadic self and how we actually act gives the substance of the traits and behaviours we might want to modify or develop. Associating this to nature versus nurture, is potentially a good way to reveal a coachee’s limiting belief.
The group also completed some questionnaires provided by Charles who subsequently sent us our Warrior, Settler, Nomad assessment. Mine felt like an accurate reflection of my personality preferences and tallied strongly with my Myers Briggs (MBTI) type. Perhaps not surprising given the common roots of both techniques but nonetheless interesting that there was (in my case) a strong correlation between them.
Charles went on to suggest recalling to mind all three visualised characters and applying their characteristics to any issue that needs to be worked through to test out different approaches to find a way forward.
Thanks again Charles for an interesting session.