Role cards totalPlan B has 6+1 roles.
They are represented in the toolbox in the form of 7 cards.

These roles will keep you on track.
They provide a solid approach to make sure you have the right focus.
And they will keep you from falling into the pitfalls of ‘traditional’ thinking.

These roles are designed to ensure that the 14 Plan B principles are actually continuously applied during the whole trip.
(The mindset poster is ‘static’ and does not encourage action.)

How does it work?

There is one rule: each role is taken. Always.
That means: all roles should be taken by someone, at any time.

When a person assumes a role,
he or she makes sure that the corresponding aspects are “safe guarded”.
To avoid the pitfalls of ‘traditional thinking’.

In a small core team, people would have to take more roles at once.
When you are alone, you just take all the roles yourself.

Everyone can switch roles. At any time.
As long as each role is assigned.

Extra benefits

These roles provides extra dimensions to the group process and collaboration.
In several ways.

One great thing about the roles is that people can appeal to each other in a light-hearted way
(they can speak from an role that is assigned to them, in stead of speaking from a personal view as a critical person).
The roles make people feel like it’s fun to play with, it provides them tools to address difficult issues and comments in a light-full way.

Thereby, members can determine which role they (want to) take.
This helps to provide clarity in responsibilities and positions.

Also, being able to exchange roles has a positive effect on people.
Some people ask consciously for another role because would like to learn something
(for example, wanting the role of Innovator, because of the awareness that he/she has the tendency to reject new opportunities).
And some people like to switch often because they just like to feel a new focus regularly.

Besides, the roles can also be used to engage in thinking from the same ‘direction’.
(like the six hats of Edward the Bono, for those who are familiar)
In this case: players all apply one role simultaneously.
To support multiple viewing.
(BTW. This happens “automatically” when someone takes his/her role and share it with the group. For example, The Master of Value: “But if we do are going to do this, aren’t we missing the main values ​​of the rest of our stakeholders?”)

So…

So, it’s up to you how you use the roles.
Just remember that each role should be applied, always.

Note: when you’re applying Plan B for the first time, forget about the roles.
Learn the method and the principles first.
You can use the roles in your next challenge – to avoid the pitfalls of the ‘traditional way’.

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