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Benefits of not having a Vision

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This is a method to unstick any workshop (a vision workshop or other workshop) where the group is stuck on a step of the process, and unclear about whether the result of the workshop is necessary.



To deal with the following kinds of issues:
- A highly politicized and fairly polarized (yet congenial) group
- A recognized lack of collaboration and partnership
- Votes are split along predictable lines
- Common ground that seems to get built keeps shifting.




    Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: A great deal of trust is needed.


    Have group members address the following:

    i. What are the benefits of not having a vision statement?

    ii. Who benefits from not having a vision statement?

    iii. How does the organization benefit with/without a vision statement?

    iv. What fears are associated with creating a vision statement?

    v. What keeps this group together despite this long-standing difficulty in collaboration?

    vi. What do we need to do to continue at this point?


    Follow-Up Required: continue with the process

    Usual or Expected Outcomes: Able to move an agreement about the process


    Source: Jon Jenkins

    Derived from: Paula M. Diller on the GRP-FACL Listserve suggested this. 

    Paula M. Diller <pmariad@SPRYNET.COM>  (original email address) 

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    • A variation on this could write each of questions 1-5 on a separate flipchart, and have a walkabout where people can answer each question on its flipchart and see what others have answered. The final question could be done with the whole group.

      4 years ago