Empowerment Leadership Model for Small Groups, Teams, & Families
Course Two, Lesson 5
Defining an Action Plan and Appropriate Activities
to Achieve the Group Purpose
what the group does to get started correctly
Note: Whenever "group" or "team" is used, it can mean "group", "team", or "family".
Goals are nice, but they do not usually happen automatically.
Therefore, the group will create a tentative action plan, defining in general terms what activities are appropriate for the group in light of its purpose and goals. Using the group foster home example from the previous lesson, under each goal the kids will decide on appropriate activities. With respect to the goal to get chores done on time, they may decide to talk about how to make chores "no big deal" and even a bit enjoyable. They may decide on rewards for those who get chores done on time. They will have to decide on what to do when someone does not get chores done on time.
This completes the work the group has to do to get started right.
The task of starting the group or team includes three main subtasks:
(1) establishing a clear contract with the group leader and with one another
(2) defining goals that will likely lead to accomplishment of the purpose
(3) defining an action plan and appropriate activities to achieve the group purpose.
Next, let's look at how the group needs to implement its action plan, which will include deciding how to make decisions and carry them out.