This blog and the accompanying video is one more episode in the ongoing journey of exposing folks to a whole range of useful facilitation processes. Another purpose is to provide backup support for all the processes I present in my Facilitation Skills for Chaotic Times training program. In this way particiants can review a topic or process that was presented during their training when they get ready to use a process in their work setting.
The Need Set Exercise is a wonderful process for exploring what makes people tick. The vehicle for doing this is through the Need Set Inventory. In the inventory people identify their level of need for a range of topics - need for order, relationships, understanding, purpose, etc. The topics can be tailored to the unique issues of each team or group. The beauty of the process is that people love to learn about themselves, the process engages people in story-telling and people invariably find more commonalities than differences. In a sense this ends up being an appreciative approach.
As described in the video, there are steps to the process:
If the team is 12 people or less, it is far more productive to do a whole group process rather than first going through the inventory in dyads. The steps for this process are as follows:
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