How to JUMP

Hello again!

“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

  1. Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development

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.

  1. Goal: Outline the desired outcome or goal that your team or group is working towards.
  2. Roles and responsibilities: Who is in your team and what do they do? What are their duties and what must they do?
  3. Resources: What do you have at your disposal? Or what do you need in order to achieve your objective?
  4. Interactions: What does your team need to do and who do you need to speak to in order to reach the goal?
  5. Process: Usually done on a timeline. What do you need to do and in what order (to achieve your goal).

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.

  1. Safety: While not always applicable, being aware about the dangers of your task and then taking precautions to prevent them from happening is always necessary for tasks that may endanger your team member. Caring for their well-being ensures that they know you are looking out for them and can lead to great things in the future.
  2. Context: Providing context is always crucial as it allows the member to feel like they’re working for something greater or them to think about the bigger picture. A great story is about a travelling merchant who was hustling his caravan along a dirt path until he came across two men at a quarry. He asked the first one what he was doing and the man said, “Oh I’m just cutting out stone from this face and then shaping them into bricks. After that I drag them over to that building site for the laborers to use for a wall they’re building.” He then asked the second man and he promptly replied “I’m building a cathedral.”
  3. Objective: What is their end goal of the task? What are they hoping to accomplish? [Similar to the G in GRRIP]
  4. Resources: What do they have at their disposal? Or what do they need in order to achieve the objective?
  5. Execution: What do they need to do in order to complete the goal? What’s the order in which they do things?

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,

– Rob

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