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Sustaining the Journey

Know and support the group’s purposes, topics, processes and development

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Thinking Collaborative


September 29, 2014

This capability is specific to Adaptive Schools. As a group member, I must serve the group as a focused and flexible person. By understanding the multiple agendas of task, process, and group development a member supports the groups’ development and productivity. This sometimes means letting go of my own preferences in order to keep the focus on a bigger picture.

In schools, personal preferences sometimes obscure student needs. By asking naïve questions such as, “How does this relate to the needs of kids,” a group member can support focus. Another naïve question might be, “What process do will best serve us in accomplishing this task?” Offering reflective questions can also increase a group’s consciousness about its own work. An example might be, “What are we noticing about our use of our time today?”

In your meetings this week, monitor your decisions and how you pay attention to task, process, and group development. How might you contribute even more effectively to efficiency, effectiveness and group satisfaction with your work?

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