I was reminded again of the power of individual contribution to team goals and the amazing things that can happen when you let others lead the conversation.
We played a game designed to iterate over cross-functional team goals and to learn about each other's skills.
Instead of me facilitating the follow-up discussion (retrospective), I asked one of the principals who was there if they would be willing to facilitate for their team.
I started by simply asking them.....
"Why do you think I just did this exercise with you?"
"What was the purpose?"
Then, I just sat back and let things happen.
Wonderful conclusions happened from the Principals and the rest of the Leadership team.
- Reflect on Leadership Style to look for ways to empower Staff to Run w/Goals
- Live the Learning
- Less Rules: More Creativity
- Knowing When to Release the Reins
- Team Progress Allows more opportunity for Innovation & Risk Taking
I had not planned on taking them to this place, but was amazed they came here. It was far more than I had hoped for or could have planned for.
This is why I love to use this approach.
As a facilitator, if you can find ways to allow self-expression happen instead of trying to decide on outcomes yourself, the results can be amazing.
Next time you choose a session or a game, consider asking "Why did I choose to share this particular learning with you?"......
Then sit back and watch the magic happen.
Passionate About Agile
Hope High School
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