Hold space

One of the great skills you can develop, a recent one for me, is to create and hold space for others.


In this context, I mean the practise of creating room for somebody else to think speak or act; by standing still, standing strong, stepping back, and/or staying silent; by being focused on the person without putting pressure on the person; by holding others back by your presence, force of will, or directed attention.


This is a powerful technique for anyone, and especially for managers, facilitators, leaders, and coaches.


Like many other ideas, Daniel Mezick introduced me to it. It has doubled my strength in helping others make work better.