SEED TIP OF THE MONTH | OCTOBER

Are You Contributing from Your Sweet Spot?

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“If we were a  theatrical production team, when I am at my best, I’d be…”

Each time you plan a meeting, we invite you visit to the “Meeting Check-Ins” section of the SEED Library.  It is chock-full of ideas for opening a productive meeting.  You will find “purposeful questions,” “appreciative questions,” “stretch questions,” “questions for decision-making,” and more.  If you facilitate a lot of meetings, pin the “check-in” page to your browser for ready access to inspire your designs.

 

Here’s a check-in question that relates to our September blog post.  Have you ever tried this one?  It’s a great way to learn about your team: 

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Imagine having 10 people gather for a meeting, and you invite them to reflect silently for a moment on their all-time best experience of teamwork.  Then you instruct them to take one-minute each, in turn, to complete that sentence above, and explain their response.  

 

In case you are wondering if this is a waste of precious meeting time, stay with me a moment. Imagine the first respondent, your lead advocate, says something like this:

“Well, I’m not really one of the performers, at least I prefer not to be in the spotlight, believe it or not. In my best experience of teamwork I was the one who made sure everyone was ready and on the mark to get started. I loved doing that. I’d want to be the stage manager.” 

And the next person, your volunteer bookkeeper says,

 “My best team experience was not at work.  When I’m not at work, I’m usually the one asking questions like this. I think I’d be the make-up artist, making things fun and light, bringing out each personality.” 

Then your office manager says: 

 “I want to direct.  I tend to see the big picture. I’ve always got that big vision in mind and I see how we can get from here to there.  I want to help everyone align so we can get there faster.”  

Are those three speakers currently in roles that allow them to be at their best?  If they are in the right roles, does everyone on the team fully understand each other’s gifts?  

 

This type of “check-in” question is far from superfluous. It immediately elicits heart-centered responses. It injects a touch of playfulness, which supports creativity in your meeting.  And you get to glimpse each other’s souls for a moment. Your team will self-organize to elicit more of each other’s best.  Your work will reflect the glow of everyone contributing from their sweet spot. 

 

Share what works.  We will be delighted to add your questions to the library!

Tip of The Month – ARCHIVE

2017

April 2017 – Are We Dancing Yet?

March 2017 – What Is Going On Here and How Can We Work With It?

February 2017 –  Are We Listening for What Is Trying to Happen?

January 2017  Designing Your Own Website, Without A Designer

 

2016

December 2016 – Are We Facing Our Fears?

November 2016 – Have You Identified Your "Strategic Who?"

October 2016 – How Are You Watering Your Own Garden?

September 2016 – What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

August 2016 – Shall We Dance?

July 2016 – Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

June 2016 – What Is Your Secret Sauce? 

May 2016 – Changing the World and Reporting It, One Butterfly at a Time

April 2016 – The Right Tool For The Right Job

March 2016 – Listening For What is Trying to Happen

February 2016 – How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

January 2016 – New Year. New Possibilities. Get On It. 

2015

December 2015 – Trust: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

November  2015 – A Team that Reflects Together ... Rocks

October 2015 – Are You Contributing from Your Sweet Spot?

September 2015 – What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?

August 2015 – Emptying the Page to Empty the Mind

July 2015 – Emptying the Mind for New Insights

June 2015 – What do we do when our beautiful plans get derailed?

May 2015 – Who will Bring Your Plans To Life?

April 2015 – Planning with the Magic of Kairos Time

March 2015 – Vision Infused-Planning

February 2015 – Bringing Our Visions to Life

January 2015 – Visioning: We'll See It When We Believe It

 

2014

December 2014 – Busting Out of the Habit of Critique

November 2014 – Enrolling Allies

October 2014 – Achieve Your Mission

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