LS – Generative Relationships

What is meant by it?

The generative relationship is an organizational structure that can help a group of team members understand how they work together and find out what changes they need to make to improve their way of working as a group and how can they progress in this matter.

How is it done?

Generative relationships can be carried out by asking the participants to assess their team members working on a project based upon four attributes, separateness, tuning, action and reason to work together. There should be tables for small groups of four members along with pens and STAR compass graphic for each participant. Every participant shall contribute equally. In the first five minutes, the participants will talk about their placements with their partners. Then, they will discuss the patterns that they found out after their interaction. Each small group will then brainstorm to list down the action steps. After this, the whole group will get together and decide which steps they need to take first.

What is its purpose?

Generative relationships are a liberating structure that can be used for improving the performance of teamwork and to make the team manage their tasks properly. No one should blame the other team member and always try to be understanding of each other. It will also help in creating a good dynamic among the group members/

What are its Tips and Traps?

Don’t make a judgment too soon and encourage the participants to research correctly. Each participant should be given at least one task to get the job done.


Examples – Where can it be used?

Generative relationships are an agile way of focusing attention on something, and it can be used in the following circumstances:

  • To mend the relationship with someone.
  • To decide the purpose of a team.
  • To form a strategy to get a task done.

— Slimane Zouggari