Karma is an Indian concept that refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. The literally translation of Karma from Sanskrit is action, work or deed.
Buddhism identifies six intentions that motivate our actions:
·kindness, Compassion, Generosity
·Anger, Ill will, Greed
The first three intentions make a person kind, compassionate, and generous which are prerequisites for ideal collaboration. While the last 3 intentions are based on impulse, are egocentric and exploitive; typically the red value system as mentioned in the spiral dynamics.
Behind this term Karma lie the principles of ethics, meritocracy and democracy.
Based on the concept of Karma I have created the karma point system, a tool to promote collaboration, co-creation and goodwill by gamifying individual participation during a meeting!
This Karma point system is a self-governing way to facilitate communication during meetings, and accelerate the forming–storming–norming–performing stages of group development (Tuckman’s). It can very well be used along with Nonviolent communication methods as well for facilitating meetings.
This communication tool is essentially a feedback mechanism and a symbolic way of showing appreciation towards others as well as being conscious of one own temperament.
It’s a tactical tool to keep a meeting alive, focused and constructive.
It’s a strategic tool to identify natural leaders, introverts, understand the different leadership styles around the table, and also identify people with strong opinions and trouble makers.
A box of toffees, M&M or other sweet things to represent the Karma points!
# of points distributed per person should be equal to the number of people around the table. So for a meeting of 8 people, 64 points are required.
Ideas for the Karma points:
Before the meeting
· Get a box of Karma points to keep in the center.
· Explain to the group the the philosophy of Karma.
· Distribute equal number of points as number of participants.
· People can at any moment give their Karma points to others if they appreciate a particular idea, an attitude or an intent.
· They can put their own Karma point back in the box if they feel distracted, low/ negative energy or if they feel that their intent was impulsive, egocentric or exploitive.
Objective of the Karma points system is circulation and exchange to acknowledge positive ideas and create a goodwill among the team.
During the meeting
Note the flow of the points
After the meeting
Explain the analysis of the group dynamics.
Analysis of the point system
- Servant leaders give points and appreciate others
2. People who have more of less the same amount of points (are difficult to judge, reserved, competitive, trouble makers)
3. People who receive a lot and give a lot (help circulate points, are great leaders)
4. People who receive a lot points but don’t give back that much (are competitive leaders) seek attention, but have constructive inputs. Might be a high performer and a good one man show
5. If over all points have not been exchange .. means bad team dynamics and a lot of stress in communication
6. If a lot of flow of points — good team dynamics and opportunities for co-creation
Now go have fun in your meetings!
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