Bridging Organisations and Education: Inspiration from Montessori with Benedikt Schmaus

Workshops.Work · February 21, 2024

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You leave school and enter the ‘real world’ of work. That’s the process, that’s the plan. But who’s to say that they should be so distinct? What if we brought knowledge from educational systems, such as Montessori, into corporate settings?

Benedikt Schmaus joins me in this episode to discuss how can take the best of education and use it to improve work. We explore what it takes to keep facilitation fresh, how to create a literal ‘heartbeat’ in an organisation, and how the MG Taylor method influences his work.

This conversation ended up being a much bigger inquiry into complex organisations, knowledge-sharing, and ideation and iteration. A wonderful way to spend an hour, I’m sure you’ll agree!

Find out about:

  • Translating best practice from educational systems into complex organisations
  • How to unlearn top-down leadership, even in places where it’s never been challenged
  • What the MG Taylor approach is, how Benedikt uses it in his work, and why it’s so effective
  • How to embrace novelty and avoid getting caught in the ‘same old’ processes
  • What it takes to bring human-centred, participatory processes into any organisation
  • Understanding organisational maturity, self-organisation, and problem-solving
  • Why facilitation is a skill of bridge-building

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The world is waking up to the power of facilitation. Whether it's hosting a workshop, holding better meetings, or leading happy and productive teams - we want to make collaboration easy and effective. Dr. Myriam Hadnes is the founder of NeverDoneBefore, a global online facilitation community and festival, and this is her podcast. 'workshops work' is 50% sandbox and 50% classroom, a safe space for anyone interested in facilitation to learn more about the craft. Each week, a professional facilitator, trainer, or coach joins Myriam to discuss their interests and experiences in the world of facilitation. The conversations are open, and honest, and make facilitation understandable and accessible to all.Get practical tips and advice from a raft of experts and uncover the magic ingredients that make workshops work. You can download a free 1-page summary of each episode on

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