Instilling Constructive Participation: 15-minute Soliloquy
Darryl Lynn Jones
Another complementary possibility (besides the Six Thinking Hats) to instill constructive participation is to allow each member of the group on separate days to lead the discussion in the form of a fifteen minute soliloquy about a related subject.
Fifteen uninterrupted minutes of espousal time is enough to help each person gain confidence toward being more participatory, since the meeting platform and workplace milieu is more efficient when it provides validation of likes and dislikes while requiring all members to be prepared to speak intelligently.
It also helps countervailers consider opposing viewpoints more carefully; while ensuring that the day's orator supports one's opinion/observation with facts. The model is tried and true!
If what you're trying to achieve is giving a person more confidence to speak, and at the same time instill that person's constructive participation, that's fine.
But note that the Six Thinking Hats method goes beyond respectful listening. While the person is talking, what are the listeners thinking? Are they all wearing the same hat as the talker, or different ones? If the speaker is presenting a new idea (green hat), is everyone thinking the same? Or is one listener thinking "what a great idea?" (yellow hat) while another is thinking "that won't work? (black hat). No question with the Indian Talking Stick the discussion is better managed, but unfortunately the thinking is going off in different directions. If what you want is parallel thinking when everybody wears the same hat and thinks the same at the same time, I suggest the day's speaker lead the group through a Six Thinking Hats sequence on the related subject.
15-minute Solilioquy Model Darryl Lynn Jones @Gary Wong: hi Gary: experience with using the 15-minute soliloquy model is that it actually does support parallel goals as the Indian stick model which you pointed out.
Development of good listening skills is one of the benefits as well as the ability to always be prepared to intelligently participate regardless of the milieu.
Over 95% of speakers direct espousal about an office related nuance; therefore expect that extension of the model will result in candid discussion of office-related concerns ranging from procedural impingements to the manner in which superiors communicate to facilities issues.
The pont is to promote freedom of expression toward realization of the ideal application of Franke's enterprise risk management model. As you know, it parrots accountability throughout bureaucracy irrespective of scalar chain position.
Obviously, small orgs are ideal for implementation of the 15-minute model while larger ones must segment it amid unimpeded and consistent communication.