One of the most important attributes of a highly effective team and the ability to collaborate effectively, is knowing you can be vulnerable in front of your team members, and they will support you. One of the things that was was most important to me as the "teacher" / lead learner of this course, was that the students would feel they were part of a team who really knew them and had their back, and so we've done a lot of work around building our Launch team culture.
Being able to demonstrate your vulnerability, to share the fact you may not know what the next step is, to share that you do not have all the answers all the time and need to draw upon the strengths of your team, is actually a sign of great strength. A team member willing to share their struggles, concerns, worries or doubts, is demonstrating that they are self-aware, reflective, collaborative, value others' ideas, and that they are a team player.
Sharing your vulnerable moments, the failures (or "pivot points", as we like to call them in Launch) and the moments of self-doubt, is a sign of someone stepping in and sharing being human with the team.
Projects are go!
All our pre-work of Term 1 has lead us to this point - embarking on projects to take the team through Terms 2, 3 and probably beyond. Coming back from the Easter break, the girls were raring to get stuck in to their own projects, albeit with a little trepidation about what that may actually mean.
In our first week, we took a trip down to Otago Polytech to work with Ray O'Brien through his Change Jam process, which took two half day sessions. This was an incredibly valuable process that combined elements of Design Thinking, with start-up strategies like Lean Canvas, Agile, Back Mapping and Future Casting. The initial discussion and reflection work around the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and our personal connection to these through our own individual values and strengths was such a worthwhile exercise in itself, and personally validating for me with the work around strengths and values we'd done last term as a team being easily drawn upon by the girls in this activity.
The feedback from the girls was that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Amy-Lee Budd is the new Coach for the Launch course at OGHS. Together with the students we will blog about our learning journey in 2020. Previously, Launch has been coached by Rowan Taigel who is now Director at www.whatifpld.com