Exercise: Lifeline (10 Minutes)
This activity is designed to help you reflect on how you make important decisions and how you respond to events outside of your control, with the aim of encouraging you to identify those moments where you can take action to achieve a positive outcome.
This activity will not be marked but will need to be completed before the live class.
1. Download and print the pdf below or draw the timeline yourself
2. We’ve outlined some example life events below. Look through these and consider whether each of these has occurred at any point during you life and the date it occurred.
- You made an important decision
- Something significant happened to you, not of your own making
- You did something significant that has worked out well for you
- You did something that hasn’t worked out so well or an opportunity that you missed
- You met someone who inspired you
- You met someone who has been a significant person for you
- And other major life events you feel should belong on your lifeline
3. Plot these events on your personal timeline, thinking about whether they ‘created and released my energy’, in which case they should be plotted above the line, or‘absorbed my energy’, in which case they should be below the line. Some events will have had a really positive outcome and will be placed high above the line. Others might have only been slightly positive, while others may fall below the line to varying degrees. You should plot a minimum of four events on your timeline, but you can do more if you wish.
4. You can join the dots and will see a simple graph of your life so far. It might look like this with lots of writing on it:
Take your time over this exercise and enjoy looking back at your life so far. You might want to show the result to one or two people who are close to you and see if they recognise the picture you have created.
Exercise: Stakeholder Map (10 Minutes)
Your final task, before the class, is to think of one change you want to make in your life as a result of Squared and to consider who may be involved in helping you to achieve this change.
As part of that we want you to create a stakeholder map.
For the purpose of this exercise, stakeholders are the people who have influence within your professional life; these can be senior professionals or even colleagues who are equal or junior to you.
Take a look at the example below and then create your own map with you in the middle and your stakeholders (individual people, not departments, organisations or groups) around you.
The size of the circle indicates how much power each person has to bring about your desired change. The width and direction of the arrow indicates the direction and strength of influence at present.
We will review this in the class and also look at another way to categorise these people.
We have included a printable version of this image at the bottom of the page:
Bob’s goal as outlined in the example above is to move his business towards providing more online development and less face to face events for clients.
- Jim is the CEO, ultimately he gets to say “yes let’s invest in this area, give him some time to do it. And yes let’s find a partner who is established in the online world”
- Karen is Bob’s boss and the General Manager of the company. She can choose whether or not to take an idea to Jim. She does what he tells her, in the end – but she can influence his decisions
- Chris is Impact’s head of sales – he guides the sales people as to what products and ideas they can offer
- Jenny and Andy are sales people. They talk to current and new clients every day, they are Bob’s access to clients
- Steve and Sarah are clients with whom Bob has trusting relationships. He responds to their requests but can also influence what they request
Looking at this map, Bob has decided to go directly to Karen to sell his ideas. He needs to develop his relationship with Chris as they’re not close enough at the moment. He will also try to create demand for his ideas by being more confident with her direct client contacts.