Hopefully by now, your quad has set up a recurring Learning Lab meeting; if you haven’t yet done that, start your quad meeting by taking care of that detail.
Once you’ve got the administrative piece out of the way, use the following suggested prompts to guide your quad discussion:
- What is one thing you tend to do when you are “getting in your own way?” Each of you should answer this question for yourself. Examples are: procrastinate, stall out, disappear, blame. Have a conversation about this as part of getting to know each other better and also letting your accountability partners know your patterns. Beware of any drama or trying to coach or solve the problem for each other. This is meant to be an exercise in self-awareness and also part of how your quad-mates want to set up this new relationship together.
- What do you want me to do if I see you getting in your own way in the manner you’ve described? Each of you should share how you want to be supported by your quad-mates if you get off track. Make it something that will keep you from going into the old patterns you identified above.
- In Lesson 2, you read about several examples of hiding behaviors that might be in your blind spot, including stalling; avoiding or dodging; and Cheerleading, Criticizing, and Clowning. Did you learn about any blind spots you did not know about previously?
- What are some blind spots that were not discussed in this lesson but that you can think of? Describe that blind spot by listing at least three characteristics that you would use to recognize it.
- Are you feeling curious about whether you might have some blind spots? What are they?
- When have you seen self-awareness — either having it or lacking it — impact talented people you have worked with? (Be constructive!)
While many learners find it useful to take notes in their journal as they work through the discussion prompts with their quad, you will not be asked to turn in any “homework” or record of your quad discussion during the CCO. We know you are professionals and count on you to hold yourself accountable for your own growth. Even though it is not required, we always love hearing from you so please don’t hesitate to share your insights and “aha” moments with us as you progress through your lessons.