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Work hack #34: 4 Spaces

The “4 Spaces” model is a powerful tool for conducting subject-oriented meetings. It comes from Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller. The idea: Depending on the occasion and goal of the meeting, people meet in different “mental spaces”.

  1. The Operational Space is all about how goals can be achieved as easily as possible.
  2. The Governance Space is where people meet to discuss the structure of the organization, such as rules, roles, and responsibilities.
  3. If conflicts need to be resolved, the participants meet in the Tribe Space. Here is room for relationship management; the content-related or organizational work is excluded.
  4. Everyone can withdraw into the Individual Space to reflect or to order their thoughts.

By the way: The four rooms do not have to reflect real rooms. It is sufficient to clarify before the meeting in which room the group is currently located in order to communicate with each other effectively and in a goal-oriented way.

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