Key #3: Consistent Use of the Method

Disciplined Reflection and Formulation of a Plan

The seminar teaches participants how to systematically observe and form hypotheses about social situations. What makes an event useful rather than a “gripe session” is working a case through to a plan for strategic action. By requiring such a plan, the faculty offer a way for participants to determine whether they have stayed on, or moved off it. When the group moves off the plan, they are able to explore why and test the effectiveness of RP&L methods to set them on the right course. Thus, these seminars help participants rehearse the sequence of defining a plan, analyzing the patterns of interaction regarding the plan’s development, exercising leadership in the group process when the plan goes astray, and assessing the group’s results.

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