Having rpDiscussion

The vigorous exchange of ideas and perspectives to expand understanding, sponsor personal ownership and create shared accountability of Relationship Performance™.

1. Set the stage for open, "safe," authentic, (... even contentious) discussion, debate and collaboration.  

1. Set the stage for open, "safe," authentic, (... even contentious) discussion, debate and collaboration.  

Offer opening remarks to the rpDiscussion™ by:

A) Sharing why you have enthusiasm and are making a personal commitment to Relationship Performance (RP).  (Your personal perspectives and motivations are critical to others' engagement and acceptance!)

B) Explaining that RP entails a 2-way street of shared attention and accountabilities.  

C) Emphasizing RP is not a "new thing," but rather simply a set of principles explaining work's present realities.  It must be pursued in a manner that seeks and addresses the needs of both parties from work.  

D) Conveying that the quality of work will now become better understood, monitored and improved as needed, through the use of rpPaq tools monthly.  

E) Encouraging everyone's authenticity and open sharing of ideas, concerns and questions during this session.  Assure everyone that this session is a "safe harbor" to express their thoughts.  Assure everyone that in this session, everyone should be considered as an equal player with equal voice and deserving of equal respect.  

F) Inspiring each person to make a sustained collective effort in achieving better work in better lives.

E) Ask that everyone keep this period of exchange constructive, fun and productive.

Stories and metaphors can be very important during rpDiscussion, whether they are related to the negative that you want to leave behind, or the positive that you seek.  

A good resource to better enable you to create lasting impact on others through your words is the book Made To Stick by the Heath Brothers: http://www.amazon.com/Made-Stick-Ideas-Survive-Others/dp/1400064287/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1291917028&sr=1-1

There is also a related web site which you may find to be useful:  http://www.madetostick.com/

2. Be supportive as the moderators engage and provoke others about their chosen or assigned topics.

2. Be supportive as the moderators engage and provoke others about their chosen or assigned topics.

After your opening remarks, invite the moderators to take over with their topics.  Anticipate that some will be meek or shaky, while others may try to hog or dominate.  Serve as a facilitator only, with gentle encouragement, aid or redirecting as needed. Let them shine and help them to do so.  Do not dominate or overpower them.  Be sensitive to the passage of time, so as to ensure all topics will be adequately addressed and discussed.  

Note: Always keep in mind that in a workplace authority suppresses authenticity, ... and does so in both directions.  Therefore, strive throughout the discussions to minimize the effects of the work role authority differences which may exist between persons in the group, including yourself.  It's impossible to fully eliminate this phenomenon when differences are present, but be alert to where this effect may be inhibiting and suffocating expression.  Most importantly, be realistic and recognize that if you are in authority, you never have total transparency into subordinates' thoughts (but QR will sure help!!!).

3. Leverage the power of questions and provoke exchange regarding RP topics that have been avoided, but need to be discussed.

3. Leverage the power of questions and provoke exchange regarding RP topics that have been avoided, but need to be discussed.

Apply the power of questions to stir up, expand discussion or to tighten up a point or topic.  

For those topics that haven't been chosen by others, but that you believe need to be surfaced and discussed, pose questions about those topics to the group to get exchange underway.  

Refer to your rpDiscussion Guide for such topics:   http://www.rppaq.com/Discussion_Guide.html

4. Discuss the concerns, challenges, toxins and obstacles that may be in front of you.

4. Discuss the concerns, challenges, toxins and obstacles that may be in front of you.

Don't fear, suppress or downplay negative expressions that may arise.  

Encourage everyone to bring their frustrations and concerns into the light.   As these appear, respect each person's viewpoints and strive with each surfaced item to address remedies through the applications of the principles and shared accountabilities of Relationship Performance.  

Keep the discussion pointed toward constructive remedies.  

Stay pragmatic and realistic. Provide assurance that you will be serving as an advocate and "stewardship bridge" between organizational and personal responsibilities for work improvement.  

5. After topics are discussed, offer an explanation about QR™ work quality framework, its importance and the related rpPaq tools.

5. After topics are discussed, offer an explanation about QR™ work quality framework, its importance and the related rpPaq tools.

As the discussion matures, begin "anchoring in the QR."  Ensure that everyone understands that QR is the "vital sign of good work."  Explain the QR framework, and point out it's simply a combining of the two respective "triangles" and "Flow" ... which are described in Elli's Notes (removable insert in Work's a We Thing).  Explain how QR will take place each month through the use of rpCamera, which creates a QRSnapshot™ for both to see.  

Need help introducing and explaining QR?  See this quick guide: http://www.rppaq.com/Content/html/QRexplain/QRexplanation.html

Make sure all the 7 basic contexts of the QR framework are understood.  Instruct that this single, composite view "illuminates" the full picture of work quality in a manner that serves both parties' best interests.  

Convey the importance of being honest and straightforward in the monthly ratings.  

Explain that the "bottom 10" items of the worker's rpCamera are never known or revealed as to the personal source of the input.  This information is strictly used in a manner for workers to express their concerns in these important aspects that impact their work.  Explain that these (only within a group composite of 5 or more) are then used in rpScoreboards™ so that all can review and seek improvements as needed (especially so leadership can do so!).

Provide an overview of how the rpMat and rpWeaver™, which are found in each person's rpDashboard™, should be used for dialog and agreement whenever QR improvements or repairs/remodeling are needed.

6. Impart "sponsorship," and by doing so, instill ownership and accountability in every person.

6. Impart "sponsorship," and by doing so, instill ownership and accountability in every person.

It is advised that supervisors, as representatives of the organization, clearly impart that Relationship Performance and rpPaq tools are being sponsored by the organization for the benefit of each worker and their life and career betterment, as well as for the benefit of the organization.  

Thus, just like other benefits, perks, and things the organization sponsors or subsidizes for workers (ranging from healthcare coverage to vending machines to softball), it's up to each worker to "own" and to be personally accountable for the practice and enjoyment of Relationship Performance.  

For more on this, see the related Career Fulcrum Illumination, "Relationship Performance, The Basics of Practice" #232 http://whispersandshouts.typepad.com/career_fulcrum_/

Likewise, the worker should be empowered and supported to hold the supervisor and organization accountable to practices, principles and behaviors deemed proper in Relationship Performance.

It should be pointed out that rpPaq is neutral, balanced and equally supportive of workers and supervisors, thus each has equal access to everything therein and all assistance.

7. Bring the rpDiscussion to an end by reaffirming your commitment to Relationship Performance.

7. Bring the rpDiscussion to an end by reaffirming your commitment to Relationship Performance.

As you conclude, summarize and reinforce the points with which you opened (step 1 above).  If any item, concern or circumstance was brought up requiring action and resolution, share how and when this will be done.  Tell everyone when you will be initiating rpCamera with them, and let them know that they will be notified by e-mail when you do so.  Wrap up by (again) expressing your enthusiasm and commitment to creating better work in better lives through the practice of Relationship Performance and use of rpPaq tools for achieving high quality QR.

8.  Conclude by reminding everyone that whenever in doubt, or when lost, refer to "Elli's Notes" and the "QR Improvement Tips" (found in the rpDashboard).

8.  Conclude by reminding everyone that whenever in doubt, or when lost, refer to "Elli's Notes" and the "QR Improvement Tips" (found in the rpDashboard).

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