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Activity 6: Data Deluge, Empathy and Other Barriers

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare a copy of Handout 2 for each participant.

Description of Activity

The concepts presented in this activity may be new to participants. Present the concepts, guide initial responses and encourage participants to mull these ideas over time, both in and outside the context of the workshop.

Distribute Handout 2. Invite participants to read it silently and note responses or questions in the margins as they read. Allow a few minutes. Then, tell the group they will work with the handout one section at a time. Explain that these concepts are complex and may require time to digest. Because these concepts may be counter to assumptions and practices participants have engaged in as leaders, participants may be confused, defensive, or even anxious, so it is important to assure the group that most leaders find these ideas challenging.

Read aloud the first section, listing the three barriers to leaders' imaginative thinking. Then read aloud the section, including the quote titled "Data." Invite participants to move into triads and to share responses to that section. Suggest they discuss these questions:

  • Does this material ring true?
  • Where in your own experiences as a leader (or as a follower) have you seen the "data" phenomenon manifested?

Allow five minutes for this discussion. Then re-gather the group for an additional three minutes of general conversation.

Next, read aloud the section, including the quote titled "Empathy." Invite participants to move into the same triads and to share responses to that section, using these questions:

  • Does this material ring true?
  • Where in your own experiences as leaders (or as followers) have you seen an organization organize itself around the weakest or most immature members?

Allow five minutes for this discussion, then re-gather the group for an additional three minutes of general conversation.

Read aloud the section, including the quote titled "Self." Invite participants to move into the same triads and to share responses to that section, with these questions:

  • Does this material ring true?
  • How do the activities you did at the beginning of today's workshop help you understand the value of a well-differentiated leader?
  • How do you think you can nurture yourself to stay well-differentiated from an anxious system?

Allow five minutes for this discussion, before gathering the group for an additional three minutes of general conversation.

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