Connecting local responses around the world
As I am rereading the summary of our initiation weekend, I realize that there were two learning items that I had not included in the initial report.
The first reflection was around the envelopes. While the core of our work consists of identifying our strengths and those of others, I believe we need to be mindful not to create an artificial and contrived exercise around the envelopes. In other words, the observations should be stimulated but not forced. Otherwise the danger is to give each other labels of a different kind (e.g., cheerful, thoughtful, warm, mindful, etc.). I believe there is a fine line we need to navigate in our instructions, to remain as authentic as possible while also creating awareness about seeing our own and each others’ strengths.
The second observation emerged when I was explaining the CLCP cycle. Ale, one of the participants remarked that in fact, rather than a cycle, the process, once fully performed, actually is an upward spiral, as with each iteration we reach higher levels of community (or personal competence).