Ground Rules, or Norms, are important for a group that intends to work together on difficult issues, or who will be working together over time. They may be added to, or condensed, as the group progresses. Starting with basic Ground Rules builds trust, clarifies group expectations of one another, and establishes points of “reflection” to see how the group is doing regarding process.
1. Start and end on time.
2. Be present, mentally and physically.
3. Monitor 'air-time'.
4. Assume goodwill.
5. Participate and engage. Be responsible for your and others learning.
6. Refrain from 'side-bar' conversations.
Community Agreements and Forming Ground Rules