We sometimes need more than good intentions to ensure complete alignment. These questions are intended to stimulate such a conversation:
Q: When and how will meetings be scheduled? Who will facilitate them?
Q: What do I need to feel safe and comfortable in meetings?
Q: How will we handle disagreements or conflicts within the group?
Q: How will we ensure everyone’s voice is heard?
Remember, rules can be revisited as the group evolves!
Tom’s Reflections on These Questions
In the same way as the previous set of questions, this is really about laying the foundations for group communication. Modelling it as this early stage by agreeing how the group will operate creates a template for how members might behave throughout the programme. In essence, what needs to be agreed and what needs to be said?
Don’t assume anything. If everyone is on the same wavelength it will be a short conversation. And if you find a pool of disagreement then you have found an important area for exploration.
Also remember that the ground rules you agree are what you feel are the most appropriate rules for the group right now. This may change over time. There is therefore benefit in regularly checking in and asking: “Are we all still happy with…..?”
The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.
In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.