Cynical remarks - personal responsibility

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Identification
Level of process: 
Intervention
Intent or purpose: 
The participants take responsibility for making a difference when actions are not carried out. This come to awareness often when a cynical remark is made in the meeting such as, "we do this planning all the time but nothing is ever done."
Used as component of: 
Any planning session
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
5-3 minutes
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Level of participation: 
high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Setting and Materials: 
none
Resources Needed: 
paper and pens
Pre-Work Required: 
none
Procedures: 

Sometimes I have people write down their commitments for themselves, starting with "I will...." Sometimes I go around the room and have each person declare their commitment out loud. <br><br>

I also often suggest that there be a regular "check signals" mechanism in place for mutual accountability -- a way to celebrate accomplishments and acknowledge roadblocks in implementation, and to support each other to be successful.

Follow-Up Required: 
check to see if implementation is being done
Background
Developer: 
Jo Nelson
Derived from: 
A discussion on the GRP-FACL Listserve April 2005
References: 
See http://listserv.albany.edu:8080/archives/grp-facl.html
License Model: 
Open
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