Ecocycle Planning

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Analyze the full portfolio of activities & relationships to identify obstacles and opportunities for progress

  1. Ask participants to generate their individual activity lists: “For your working group (e.g., department, function, or whole company), make a list of all the activities (projects, initiatives) that occupy your time.” 5 min.
  2. Ask them to work in pairs to decide the placement of every activity in the Ecocycle. 10 min.
  3. Invite them to form groups of four and finalize the placement of activities on the Ecocycle map. 15 min.
  4. Ask each group to put its activities on Post-it notes and create a whole-room map by inviting the groups one by one to place their Post-its on the larger map. 15 min.
  5. Ask each group to step back and digest the pattern of placements. Ask them to focus on all the activities on which there is consensus about their placement. Ask, “What activities do we need to creatively destroy or stop to move forward? What activities do we need to expand or start to move forward?” 15 min.
  6. In small groups, for each activity that needs to be stopped (activities that are in the Rigidity Trap), create a first-action step. 10 min. or more depending on the number of activities and groups.
  7. In small groups, for each activity that needs to start or get more resources (activities in the Poverty trap), create a first-action step. 10 min. or more as above.
  8. Ask all the groups to focus on all the activities for which there is no consensus. Do a quick round of conversation to make sense of the differences in placement. When possible, create first-action steps to handle each one. 10 min.

Editor Note: This process is not clear to me. More specific instructions would help me to understand how to decide where to place activities. And the definition of "first-action step" is no where to be seen. Try discussing the field guide entry with co-workers to see if your team can figure out what the terms used in this description mean and how to proceed. Check out the "tips" provided in the Field Guide and see if they help understand what to do.