Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Learning together . . .
We also introduced a new concept from a book called Clear Leadership by Gervase Bushe called interpersonal mush. This is the situation created when we make up stories about one another without checking them for accuracy. As people, we have a deep need to make sense of ourselves and others including those we work with. The stories are made up to fill in the gaps about other people’s experience. How accurate they are is dependent on the quality of the person’s observations and the willingness of those being observed to share their experience. The mush then becomes our truth that influences our future behavior. It is similar to our learning about mental models and ladders of inference, but I believe in language more easily understood.
We ended the morning by introducing from the same book the Experience Cube, a strategy to limit interpersonal mush and increase interpersonal clarity. We learned the importance of sharing these components of our story and encouraging others to do the same. Learning and doing I have learned are not the same. This change will not be easily implemented and will require knowledge and support to become part of a team's, building's, and system's culture.
Posted by Seeking Shared Learning at 7:37 PM