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Why are you actually working on this project? How did you end up here? What do you add to the team? Any clue on why you were selected?
When the project is finished, what do you want to add to your resume? What additional skills have you required? What do you want your LinkedIn referrals say about you? How are you changed when the project is finished? What is the legacy you want to leave behind?
Relationship With The Project.
I talk a lot about a project being a Big Adventure, or a journey. A project is also a small episode in the personal journey of many individuals. Viewing what you do today in the context of a larger path will help you explore your relationship with the current project. Why do you do what you do? Why do you want to do things in the first place?
Relationship With Team.
It also addresses the relationships with your team members. They know a little more about your background. They see how you add to the diversity of the group. And it makes us all look more human.
From the many perspectives you can look at the project, the Map Of You will literally put you at the center. It is a tool to explore the relationship between what you do today and your personal journey (past and future).
Draw an empty map which basically looks like a bow tie. Put “NOW” in the center and “PAST” and “FUTURE” on both sides. Ask the participant to write keywords that answer questions as formulated in the first two paragraphs of this post.
This can be done as an individual exercise or as a group exercise.
The Map Of You is part of a change/project management strategy focused on culture and using an “adventure travel” metaphor. For more maps and exercise, visit my list of Shrinkonian exercises.