Mission Pyramids

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Identification
Alternative names: 
Pyramids
Level of process: 
Application
Intent or purpose: 
For a group to develop a mission statement or other similar statements.
Used as component of: 
A mission and vision workshop
Types of Participants: 
any
Recommended size of group: 
11-25
Optimal amount of time needed: 
2 - 3 hours
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
a single sentence statement of the mission of the organization
Level of participation: 
high
Potential Pitfalls: 
The statement becomes too vague to be useful. The group has a very diverse understanding of the purpose of the organization and conflict arise.
How is success evaluated: 
A clear consensus on the mission statement
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Standard
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Any manager with group experience or facilitator should be able to do this unless their is a conflict
Setting and Materials: 
A4 or 81/2" by 11" paper, Flipcharts and markers
Resources Needed: 
none
Pre-Work Required: 
none
Procedures: 

<p>1. Have the group individually develop a one-sentence definition of some term such as the mission of the organization such as leadership or "What is our purpose?" Ask them to put the statement on a sheet of paper. <br>
2, Have them then work in pairs to reach consensus on their sentence. Again put the sentence on a sheet of paper <br>
3. Ask the pairs to form foursomes and again reach a consensus on the statement. They put this statement on a sheet of paper.<br>
4. This continues until there are two large groups..<br>
5. The groups post the sheets of paper on two walls one for each group. The individual sheets on the bottom, next the pairs' sheets and so on until there is a pyrmide formed.<br>
6. At this point the facilitator leads a discussion to reach an agreement on the statement.<br>
7. The reflection can go in several directions. How the ideas changed over time. How decisions were made in the different groups.

Follow-Up Required: 
none
Background
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History of Development: 

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References: 
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License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
Suppliers
Creators: 
Trainers: 
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
Consultants: 
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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