This internal reflection allows you to quickly think through a response on your feet when the process is not working for the group.  It can take as little as a minute.  It was originally used to figure out how to respond to a sudden difficult situation in a group, but can be used any time that the group seems to be struggling. There are no assumed answers to these questions, which the facilitator asks him/herself while still leading the group.  Sometimes the answer to the decisional question might be to let the group struggle, if the struggle is productive.

O:

What is actually going on?

What words or phrases have been spoken?

What background data do I know?

R.

What reactions do I notice in myself?

What reactions do I notice in the group?

I.

Why are we reacting in these ways?

What are possible reasons for this situation?

What values do I need to hold as we continue?

D.

What can I do to hold these values?

What is my next step?