This tool is an invitation to map your progress over time, including the ups and downs, and to celebrate both, and see if there are any cycles involved.

 

During my 20 years in business management and my Harvard MBA studies, progress was always defined as linear and upwards. Nobody had good ways of handling decline and endings. Since I got involved with organic cultivation in 1990, I’ve seen that the cyclical progress of the natural world is a far better model. It helps us to see that autumn and winter are not just negative periods, they are times of harvesting, cutting back, resting and planning.

This tool is an invitation to map your progress over time, including the ups and downs, and to celebrate both, and see if there are any cycles involved.

What I learn from the example at the bottom is that work teams often operate in cycles, and one has to accept endings and renewals. Similarly funding comes in cycles, and so does the learning from pilot programmes.

EXAMPLE

Hazel Hill Wood: Pilot Education Programmes

The vertical axis is general progress or setbacks.

Download example here…

Cycles of Progress Map

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