I’ve been writing about how to Assist use Mature Improvement In my second blog on this subject, I offered a view about how mature development thoughts could support work with groups, but was focused on helping people develop. In this Jesse Jhaj, I will write about how we assist collectives grow.
I figure that there are at least three different ways for us to Consider how to support groups to develop as a group.
Do we want the group members to have a collective discovery About themselves as a group?
Do we want them to find out about a content area that helps Them support one another to grow?
Do we need them to develop processes and interactions that Support their expansion, individually and collectively?
Probably yes, right? But we can’t do it all at the same time, so Let’s take it in steps.
Creating opportunities for entire groups to have a discovery About themselves. The core movement of individual development is from that to which we’re “Subject” (the lens you look through) to what we hold as an “Object” of our reflection (the lens you look at). This happens to people when an identity that used to control you (“Obviously I need to be liked by everybody!”) Starts to be something that you can look in (“I wonder why I have this drive to be enjoyed by so many people and the way this holds me back…”). We can expand this person discovery to a collective developmental adventure, holding the team as a single entity which itself is Subject to some of what is driving it. There are numerous helpful ways to try this.
Occasionally group tests (such as The Leadership Circle’s Occasionally you can find collective actions (such as the collective Immunity to Change by Kegan and Lahey) that could uncover a collective Big Assumption that is interfering with a target the group aspires towards. And naturally there are other people –which I hope you’ll begin to pile on in the comments section! In every case, you’re looking for a tool or approach that shows the group a lens that it was unintentionally looking through rather than looking at. This will enable the group develop as they can see some of what they have been blindly Subject to, and they will have more choices.
For example, a Leadership Circle Collective Direction Assessment once revealed one set I worked with this the collective was really low In “community issue.” This was a shock to them as they felt so separately Concerned in their communities–and actually were doing lots of volunteering, Therefore it was not, perhaps, an individual thing which needed changing. In Reality, they chose, their customs at work tended to Differ Than their habits in the home, and in the office they simply thought of this organization As their whole community. Understanding that –that the broader community outside The organizational boundaries was massively important–was a Subject/ Object shift in their opinion. Once they saw it, they could think and operate differently, More explicitly connecting with the community even as members of their organization.