T Group & Human Interaction Lab
The T Group (T for training) is a process of discovering what happens in a group when we meet with no agenda except a passionate commitment to understanding ourselves, each other, and our group.
The T Group is the core of the Human Interaction Laboratory developed by NTL Institute. The HI (Human Interaction) Lab is a laboratory for learning about interpersonal relations and group dynamics, with a focus on developing interpersonal skills while giving and receiving feedback. The lab provides an intensive small-group experience, an informal atmosphere of shared learning, and an opportunity for behavioural feedback and assessment.
As you combine your T Group experience with the conceptual frameworks that we present during the HI lab:
you increase your awareness of the effects of your behaviour on others
you enhance your communication skills
you increase your ability to understand yourself and others
you develop the ability to give and receive feedback responsibly
you have a clearer understanding of group development and group dynamics
you become more aware of diversity issues.
My own experiences as a participant in this kind of intensive group are still memorable after nearly forty-five years and I have been leading such groups since 1971. As a professional member of NTL Institute since 1983, I have led many Human Interaction (HI) Labs. I have been the Dean (the lead trainer) of a series of International HI Labs and I was the first Dean of the first Appreciative Inquiry HI Lab in 2005. I have been the Dean of the HI Lab that each year since 2007 has begun the annual NTL Organisation Development Certificate Programme run by Quality & Equality in Oxford, England.
My colleague Sushma Sharma (one of the co-developers of that first Appreciative Inquiry HI Lab back in 2005) and I have continued to use that approach as we co-lead Appreciative Inquiry T Groups in Singapore, India, the US, and the UK.