Behind the structured agenda, coaching system, goals process, and presentation are four pillars that create the foundation of Forums. Everyone going into a Forum should know and agree to these four pillars.
Personal Responsibility – Some members will only spend five minutes filling out their monthly reflection, while others will spend 45 minutes. The same is true for presentation coaching and other goals. What you put in is what you get out. Forums are a “carry your own handbag” type of group where each member is expected to equally contribute. If a member isn’t carrying their weight, it will show up during the yearly Member-To-Member assessment, and if the member doesn’t change, it’s recommended they be asked to leave.
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Speak From Experience – Forums are peer-to-peer groups that are learning, laughing, and growing together. The dynamic in this situation is different from hiring an expert to tell them what to do. The psychological safety within a Forum is critical to a Forum’s success, and giving advice to another member can damage the psychological safety. Only share from your own personal experience by using “I” statements vs. “You” statements.
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Confidentiality – Confidentiality of what is said between Forum members is a fundamental aspect of what creates psychological safety for a group. Confidentiality always allows members to share at the deepest level because they know what is said in the group, stays in the group.
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Vulnerability – Vulnerability is about connecting with your authentic self to share at your deepest levels the things you might not be able to share anywhere else. Vulnerability is possible within Forums because of the strong personal connections between members and the commitment to confidentiality about what is shared.