|RE: How to handle departing members||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 10:38:44 -0600 (MDT)|
One of the common experiences I have seen in forming groups is that they get a little ways, then crash into some conflicted place, the problem gets handled very badly, some of the hidden interpersonal baggage rises to the surface, and people leave the group in disgust, anger or frustration. In some cases, this mortally wounds the group and it disbands shortly after. One of the things I have participated in a couple of times with forming groups is a "call for reconcillation". How this is handled is that those that have left the group are invited back to process the problem. When the invitation is done with the right humilty (we are sorry, we didn't really know how to handle this, we handled it badly and we regret and want to learn how to work through these issues better) It leaves an opening for people to return for ONE more meeting. Processing the issue/conflict coupled with an attitude of learning and moving forward has brought folks who have left back into the forming group, willing to try again, wiser and more sensitive to the difficulties of collaboration. Rob Sandelin Community Works! Http://www.infoteam.com/nonprofit/nica/cw1.htm
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