The following questions are “tried and true” choices to prompt meaningful reflection with mission-focused groups:
Breaking the Ice
- Where have you experienced hope today?
- What is the story of your name?
- What do I need to know about you as a group to provide the best leadership possible?*
- Who is not at the table?
- What went well? What could we change?
- Offer a word that describes where you are as we wrap up
- Share one thing that you are taking away from this meeting
Organizational Consultant Peter Block recommends the following for groups who seek to “open the space for a different future.”:
- What is the commitment you hold that brought you into this room?
- What is the price you or others pay for being here today?
- How valuable do you plan for this effort to be?
- What is the crossroads you face at this stage of the game?
- What is the story you keep telling about the problems of this community?
- What are the gifts you hold that have not been brought fully into the world?
- What is your contribution to the very thing you complain about?
- What is it about you or your team, group, or neighborhood that no one knows?
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Transforming questions reprinted with permission of the publisher. From Community: The Structure of Belonging, ©2009 by Peter Block, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, CA. All rights reserved. www.bkconnection.com. Re-visit the Mission: Day by Day Deeper Dive reflection The Power of the Right Question.
*Variation on the Patient Dignity Question: “What do I need to know about you as a person to give you the best care possible?” (The Dignity in Care Coalition).