I did a team coaching day with an executive team that has completed the Leadership Agility 360. I’ve already spent 2 days with them during which I covered the LA-360 and the basics of vertical development in “agility” terms which is critically important to them due to their highly competitive and swiftly changing market.
As a follow-up, I wanted to do something that helped the team further understand and engage the idea of vertical development. I chose the Transformations cards, which I had heard about but not used before.
This is what I did:
- Laid out the cards where all could be easily seen – it took a few tables.
- Asked the participants to think about three time periods in their lives: Ten years ago, Today, and ten years from now.
- Asked the participants to think about how they made sense in “their world” (work, home, etc) in each of those time periods – and to find an image that clearly represented that way of sense-making.
- After choosing three cards we asked them to stand together as a group in the back of the classroom. Starting with 10 yrs ago each participant laid his card on the floor and explained. Then we did the same with “today” and “10 yrs from now.”
Just the telling of the 3 different stories led to a shift in the way the group worked together. The future in this particular group showed up as predominantly achiever.