Let’s start by explaining
What is a Power Group?
Power Groups are facilitated sessions using a process called Extreme Listening for Productive Thinking, that allows small group of peers to meet and work together intensely for say once a month for perhaps half a day or a whole day. The group session differs from other kinds of meetings or training because it is not:
- A Ra Ra team building session where the impact and learning are quickly lost
- About the strong helping the weak, or positive trying to pick up negative
- All talk and no action, in fact much of the work can be achieved in the session
- Going to leave you or your team with more on the to do list
In fact a Power Group is empowering, enabling and a proactive space for individuals to develop their OWN ideas, their OWN resources and clarify their OWN thinking whilst sharing space with people who can support and influence them.
When you leave a Power Group you will leave with:
- Your to do list simplified not added to.
- Greater understanding of yourself and others.
- a developed resource or strength that you already have and can now use more effectively
- Knowledge and understanding of what is holding you back as an individual
Where do Power Groups come from?
Power Groups were developed by Step by Step Listening and like all great things it was an accident, we had a group of mums who were struggling to negotiate with their teens and the one thing they all had in common was their business was not as successful as they would like. This distraction was preventing them from being 100% present with their children.
They had a tight budget and a tight time schedule, (as many of us do). Anyway we decided to meet as a group to save time and money for the clients. We already knew the power of Extreme Listening for Productive Thinking because we had facilitated many clients on a one to one basis. We just asked each ‘the questions’ for about 6 or 7 minutes then left them to think in between, research, doodle or simply listen to others. The results of each session were reviewed by asking the clients what worked and what didn’t work and what needed to happen for it to work better. Over 18 months we settled on a formula that worked for us and our clients. We have never looked back. This process is effective for both business and home.
Team Meetings and Power Groups then what happens?
When a team/group meet and they use the Power Group Model each individual knows it is their time to gain clarity of their own thinking, whilst listening and respecting the thoughts of others. There are fundamental boundaries that are known and respected throughout the session. Everyone is invited to hold back their opinions, their suggestions and their judgement. It is a safe space to explore and learn about yourself. It is not like a traditional brain storming session (sorry I can’t think what the politically correct term is now) although each individual will certainly have stormed their brain. They will be able to think about of the box, they will be inspired by and build on their own solid foundations of what is already working for them. Rather than having ideas imposed on them that others think would be a great way to solve the problems.
What happens, is that each individual is given time, space and freedom to be in their own zone of thinking, focused and attentive on developing themselves. The group start together and agree what each other needs to be able to spend this dedicated time and the re-group at the end to share what they have learned.
There is a section of time before and after these extreme listening periods for the individuals to connect and share whatever they want to share. We call this chatting with purpose. This chatting time is still with the boundaries in place that you are only to give ideas and suggestions if you have the permission first.
When we have interviewed team leaders who have run successful teams the common thing that comes up is the importance of ‘everyone’ knowing and recognising the importance of each role and within the team.
The Power Group Model by default ensure everyone and every piece of information is honoured and respected. It discourages the talkers from laughing or talking over people’s ideas inadvertently discounting a creative thought in progress perhaps??
7 Reason why you would want to use the Power Group Model for Team Meetings?
- It is time dedicated to each individual, them and their information is honoured and respected equally
- The talkers and the reflectors are given equal space and time
- It demonstrates the vital message that ‘everyone’ matters
- It enables the individual who created the problem the time to solve it, it prevents rescuers taking on more than they can handle
- It can develop a community who are confident to speak up, honestly and respectful
- Solutions are developed that the individual created for themself and therefore has already bought into
- Greater understanding of yourself and others
Here is a testimonial from Belinda Butler who attended Power Group Plus to learn about the Power Group Model. Belinda mentions that her team are all self employed individuals and my thoughts are that even if you employ your team we should not lose sight that they are all individuals and motivated by different things. We should not as employers assume that us paying them is enough.
The Power is all in the questions and the principles behind Extreme Listening if you would like to know more about the principles and the questions please leave your details below.
Thank you for Listening
The Step by Step Listening Team
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