The recent Lab 1.5 provided leaders who have been meeting together regularly since the start of 2020 time to reconnect. They shared individually and collectively about the importance for taking the time to think deeply about ‘the work’, the ‘how’ of leadership and to be in the service of each other.
We explored the value of ‘check-ins’ for ourselves, staff, and students and how they help in the cultivation of a generative social field. This flowed into identifying ways we help or hinder the creation of psychological safety in our teams.
One of the most valuable aspects of this Lab is the ongoing sharing by Andrew Jericho from Navigator College about what he is learning as a leader, as the middle school team are exploring innovation through an interdisciplinary unit with their students. He wove the Growing deep Capabilities “Learning and Adapting” throughout the session.
Each member of the group had time to discuss and plan further action in relation to their projects making use of tools such as the Iceberg model, to ensure that the identification of mental models, systems and structures and patterns of behavior all ‘below the surface’ occurs. This in turn stops us from habitually implementing a solution to a symptom we see.