To What End?April 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Another offering here in the spirit of simplicity and how we can get a lot from doing little things differently. Yesterday I blogged about “working agreements” to set groups and collaborative efforts up for success. Today, I want to lift up the power of planning meetings, convenings, and longer term collaborative endeavors with the end in mind. Often we find that people have the tendency to jump into doing and talking about doing without working backwards from the intended outcomes. There is an art and science to crafting “desired outcomes statements,” which we teach in our workshops (see Facilitative Leadership and Essential Facilitation), and a starting point is to imagine your stakeholders leaving said meeting or collaborative process and asking yourself:
- What shared understanding is it important/imperative for us to have achieved?
- What agreements is it important/imperative for us to have built?
- What commitments do we want people to have made?
- What products do we want/need to have generated?
- What feeling/spirit do we want to carried forward out of this experience?