The core of a regular forum meeting is monthly updates. How am I feeling about what’s happened since we last met? What do I dread and anticipate that’s coming up? When you want to zoom out to a much longer time horizon, consider doing this exercise.
Questions to reflect on in advance of the forum meeting:
Review of the Past Decade:
- What difficulties/hardships did you face? What did you learn?
- What, if anything, would you do differently if you had the chance again?
- How did you change? What did you gain? What are you willing to let go of?
Vision for the Next Decade:
- Where am I in two years?
- Who is around me? How am I feeling (differently than today)? What am I creating?
- Two years from now, how will I think about where I want to be in eight more years?
In the forum meeting, there are two options on how to share depending on the available time:
Longer version (two rounds)
- Each person takes 5 minutes (timed) to reflect on the past decade. Then open up to general discussion for 10-20 minutes. What coming up for me as I hear others? How am I feeling as I hear the ways that others have answered the questions?
Repeat in the same fashion, looking forward to the next decade.
Shorter version (one round)
- Each person takes 5 minutes (timed) to reflect on both the past and next decade. Then allow an additional 15-30 minutes to reflect further: What coming up for me as I hear others? How am I feeling as I hear the ways that others have answered the questions?
Source: Kerim Baran, member of an HBS Alumni Forum in San Francisco with original credit to Ciela Wynter, an executive/CEO coach and founder of Joan of Sparc, an innovative platform for empowerment and transformation through self-inquiry.