|Re: Meeting strategies--check-out/Check in||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Fri, 3 Jun 94 16:12 CDT|
Nancy Wight wrote: We are under extreme time pressure right now because of the summer schedule of the planning board in town, and we must get the new fully engineered site plan to them by June 20, or risk seriously jeopardizing the entire project. We have engineers working on it this weekend - we *had* to make a decision. At the meeting, we had a check-in, but at 10:00 we were still not finished and people were starting to get frustrated and tired, and began to leave. It is these sorts of meetings where you find out how solid your connections really are. When the group is stressed is precisely when disruptions tend to occur. Being frustrated and tired is when your communication links are at their most tenuous. I have observed in our own group that this is a point where your foundations are tested. For example I know Bob tends to get pretty grouchy when he is tired and may become snappish. Because I know this about Bob, I discount his snappish remarks to his being tired and take no offense. If my foundations were weak, and I did not know this about Bob, I could easily take offense, erupt in a defensive remark and off we would go on a heated and useless distraction. This is multiplied for each member and is where individual dominance really shows up. If there is a dominant person in your group they will be "in charge" in such situations and will display their true egalitarian colors. Having a strong foundation of understanding each other lets you weather the storms ahead. That is why having sharing circles really helps, especially if you include self analysis in such sharing. I am working on a self analysis test for group process work which hopefully will help individuals within groups identify their group personalities. Building understandings of each other before you hit a storm can keep a group from losing members. You can also use crunch points as tools to analysis what went well and what didn't and what to improve the next time. Sharingwood has a committee whose focus is group process, learning about it, improving it, and this has helped us improve over time. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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