Global Change Seminar "It's Your Move!"
Segment #7 - What are Your Spheres of Influence?
Here are the suggested Meeting Preparation activities for Segment #7. You may want to print out this page, put it in the 3-ring binder for Seminar materials, and check off the activities after you've completed them.
- Article Review or Research: This is a good time to review the article Perspectives on Change from Segment #2 of the Seminar. Alternatively you may prefer to do some research on your own to clarify your thinking about you might be most effective as a change agent.
- Segment Exercise (i): This exercise is designed to elicit information about the individuals who have had the greatest influence on you and have inspired you to do positive things with your life.
- On a blank piece of paper, make a list of the twelve (count them) individuals who you think have exerted the most positive influence on your life.
- Divide another piece of paper into 4 quadrants. Label the two columns along the top: "Alive", and "Dead".
- Label the two rows down the side: "Met Personally" and "Never Met".
- Put the name of each person from your list in the appropriate box.
- Beside each name, make a note about the nature of your connection with to them (parent, friend, fictional character, boss, subordinate, pastor, author, singer, passer by, etc.)
- For each individual, note the means by which they exerted their influence on you (book, speech, song, action, life's example, unexpected help, etc.)
- Reflect for a moment about what all this says to you about how people influence and inspire each other.
- Segment Exercise (ii): This exercise is designed to elicit information about how you think you influence and inspire other people.
- Think about all the kinds of activities you do (or have done, or would like to do) in which you influence and inspire (or have inspired, or would like to inspire) other people?
- Make a list of these, vertically down a sheet of paper or on a page(s) in the Journal.
- Beside each activity write down what communication skill you'd be (or are) exercising and what it is about you as you do the activity that most influences and inspires other people.
- Use a highlighter to pick out the activities you most enjoy (have enjoyed, or think you'd enjoy) doing.
- Segment Exercise (iii): This exercise is designed to help you solicit feedback from other people.
- Take a legal size sheet of paper. Put it long-ways in front of you and draw a line lengthwise along the middle.
- Fold the sheet accordian-like along the short side, so there are 8 folds.
- When you've done this you should be able to open four pairs of folds.
- Now, pick 4 people whose opinion and judgment you value.
- Go to them, sequentially, and ask them to write on one of the fold pairs as follows: Above the line - the skills and talents they think you have that make you most persuasive and influential. Below the line - the things you do that could get in your way.
- After each one has done their piece, don't look at what they wrote but just refold the paper so a new "slice" is on top and give it to the next person.
- When they're all finished, read what they wrote. What new information did you learn?
- How do you feel about the feedback? What insight did you learn about yourself?
- Segment Exercise (iv): Do a Mind Map identifying all your personal and professional connections. The goals is to map all the groups and organizations you are connected with even including weak connections you have with groups of people you know by phone/book/paper/email but haven't met in person.
- How much overlap is there among these groups?
- What other groups can some of the individuals in these groups reach?
- How might you best influence these people?
- Who on this list have you forgotten about?
- What about old connections that are currently dormant but could be revived?
- Segment Exercise (v): Make copies of (click the link) this short survey and use it to solicit advice from your family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, etc. Solicit advice from at least 10 people, making notes of their responses as you ask the questions. After you've collected all the responses, sit down and read them through. Did something come up that you hadn't thought about?
- Journal Work. Make notes in the Journal with the results of each of these exercises. What insights occurred to you from reviewing the results across the exercises?
- Review the Agenda for the next Seminar Group Meeting and print it out.
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