“What do you mean by jumping? Isn’t that the thing you do with your legs to spring yourself upwards?” While that is technically true, I’d like to talk about another kind of jumping. The JUMP Program for Schools (run by the nonprofit JUMP foundation) allows students to undergo experiential education to empower them to be global citizens. In this case, the student leaders-to-be were put through the program to learn more about the role of being a leader and the responsibilities and the different ways we can tackle the difficulties of becoming one. While there is a lot to talk about over the 3 days of my training there are 3 key takeaways I’d like to explain in this post. I hope you find the following points useful
There are 4 phases every team or group goes through. They go in this order: Forming → Storming → Norming → Performing. These 4 stages highlight the progress of the team coming together and working as one to complete a common goal / objective. It starts off with the group members getting to know each other after the group has been created (Forming) and quite often moves onto where the team tackles its first tasks. These first few tasks are often done inefficiently and members may not be assigned to things they are necessarily good at or enjoy doing. There are disagreements and power struggles (storming) however after compromising and discussion you move on to the third stage. This is where the team feels like they know where they operate best and members are more comfortable with each other. The final stage is performing and it is essentially where the team is operating efficiently and as a group they know each other well to do their duties. Remember this as you tackle tasks with strangers or people you don’t necessarily get along with. Collaboration is key in this world.
2. The GRRIP Tool
GRRIP is a great way to visualize an objective and the different components needed to complete it.
3. SCORE: The tool for task delegation
The SCORE acronym is used for giving team / group members tasks and is often successful in allowing them to fulfill that particular assignment.
I think one more thing that needs to be said is that there needs to be an element of trust. Trust your teammates to do their jobs. Constant questions on their progress actually hinders productivity and that task can often become more of a burden to the individual.
I like the JUMP program. The combination of fun and learning makes every day worthwhile and memories to last. Some people may disagree with me and that’s fine because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But before I finish up this post I’ll leave you with a quote which I feel links really well with the things I’ve learnt over the course of those days.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”
Till next time,