When you consult a road map you are looking for the fastest route to reach your destination. Let’s say the map shows an unexpected tangle of stops, starts, reverses and detours. You might get where you are going but only after long hours, many tanks of gasoline and lots of cursing. In other words, you would give up time, energy and a sense of short-term success.
Most of us go through an idealistic phase when we anticipate a straight shot to success. This is true in business, relationships and Forums. It reflects the myth we harbor that other people’s road to success looks like the arrow on the right.
In reality people travel roads that look much more like the arrow with the big tangles. You can’t see all of the stops, starts, reverses and detours they endured but they are there. Bottom line, it’s not easy.
The Forum members who take this trip anyway are the ones most likely to achieve success. Healthy Forums anticipate the tangled paths to building a successful group. In preparation, they check and recheck alignment for the needs of individual members and the group as a whole. They practice conflict resolution to maintain harmony without sacrificing individual views or integrity.
Forum members can have healthy conflict from time to time about the issues that slow down or interrupt reaching Forum goals. It is an opportunity to self-assess as a group and to improve the overall experience for all Forum members. It also offers an opportunity for members to re-commit to their Forum, its goals, and each other.
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