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Ideal Boss

Build a model that represents your ideal boss (5mins)


Explain to the group how this model represents an ideal boss

Write  3 words on a ’Post-It’ note which characterise your model.

Build a Model of Yourself

Build a Model of Yourself (4 minutes)

The model should represent you in some way

Be ready to explain how

Explain to the group how the model represents one aspect of you.

Summary and Guidelines

These tasks allow the participants to become familiar with building models which are slightly abstracted. The models are more representational and less literal then many will be used to. This is a development task which will lead participants towards building more metaphorical models later in the process.

The facilitator might ask questions to clarify the meanings of different parts of the models. This may be especially useful if there are aspects of the model which are unexplained. It is reasonable to prompt for answers. ”What does that piece represent?” or ”Tell me more about the sticking out bit”. Avoid leading questions, or value-laden questions e.g. ”Why is that bit so big?”; ”Do the wheels represent mobility?”

On completion, ask the participants to demolish the model.

A useful process is to encourage participants to assign meaning to models or aspects of models ‘ad lib’. This might involve choosing a particular piece which may not have any initial particular significance and asking “What if you had to give it some meaning? What could it possibly represent?”

A useful strategy is to allow participants to interpret each other’s model within their own context. In either of the tasks above, ask the participants to get up and have a look at each other’s models. At an appropriate moment, ask them to sit down at the model in front of them, ensuring it is not their own and then explain it to the other participants in the normal way.

Make the point that this is the main theme of LSP. Participants have dealt with the unexpected and they have been able to assign meaning to models. All participants have accepted the meanings which have been presented. The point is made that the models have the meaning which has been assigned to them.


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