Write of Passage: This card is in the Task and Me family meaning that it focuses on skills or behaviors that address when one is personally struggling to accomplish tasks. This card asks the individual to write out the roles of individuals in the group (self included) as well as the goals of the group. Then it asks the writer to share this info out with the group and discuss. A variation of this card would be to have everyone in the group do this and then share out.
This card is based on The Waterline Model (see below) which is the work of Harrison, Scherer and Short. The Waterline Model defines a path to troubleshoot times when task is not being accomplished in group work. The first tier to explore is labeled (Structure), and it asks people to explore the roles and goals within a group.
While we often decide in our brain that problems exist in people. Ex. "If Jim was only more focused", "If Suzie was less combative", "If the engineers were more proactive", according to the work of Harrison, Scherer and Short, problems most often occur on the level of (Structure). Individuals are not sure what their role is, or the group has not explicitly clarified the shared goal they are working towards. This card reminds people to check this, write about it, and then share out their thoughts with their team. Done well and on a regular basis, this practice can help a group avoid long delays based on faulty assumptions about what the issue actually is. Want more info on the Waterline Model? You can find it here.
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