For me, the left-hand column has been a very powerful tool. It not a tool
to help you change others, because at the end of the day, the only person
you can change is yourself. In that regard, it has performed very well.
Every breakdown I have I try to capture in a left-hand column exercise. I
define breakdown as anytime I was not able to take the action I wanted
through a conversation. That is a gap. The left-hand column (LHC)
exercise helps you see the gap, and where you need to change to close the
gap. Not the other person. How were you triggered? How did you not make
your reasoning clear?
How did you make high-level assessments that affected the conversation
but the assessments were not grounded? I have found that only by using
this tool with dedication can I be more effective at taking action with
I have been using this tool as a student of the Leading Learning
Communities group, who has done a wonderful job coaching me through the
process of closing the gap. Try it the next time you leave a conversation
frustrated, and see what you learn about YOURSELF. Good luck.
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