Recently, when covering the Four Levels of Maturity, we were on a quest to find an essential question that a person would ask at each level. Recall, the first two levels are somtimes referred to as acting “‘below the line”, whereas levels three and four are sometimes referred to as acting “above the line”, which is where we want everyone to be.
Here’s what we came up with:
Level I – Selfish: Am I focused only on myself right now?
Level II – Independent: Have I taken care of my responsibilities without regard to the work of others?
Level III – Cooperative (the ideal level for an individual contributor): Am I making choices about how and when I do my tasks by taking into consideration how the work of others is dependent on mine? Or, am I getting my work done while ensuring that I’m easy to work with?
Level IV – Generous (the ideal level for a leader): Am I deciding what to do next after a careful look at the landscape and evaluating what the team, organization, and individuals need?
Another quest was to come up with new summative statements for each level in regard to “being easy to work with”:
Selfish: It doesn’t matter if I’m easy to work with.
Independent: If only others were easy to work with.
Cooperative: I’m going to be easy to work with.
Generous: I’m going to see who needs the most help to become easy to work with.
These questions and statements can help clarify where people are at, and what they need.
Do you have statements or questions to add?