THE FREEDOM V2022-01-12T15:19:54+00:00

FREEDOM V

The Freedom V is a tool for teaching and encouraging self-governance. Self-governance is the power to make choices, set boundaries, and steward responsibility without a dependency on external forces. The Freedom V helps us see where we are in relation to boundaries, encounter consequences with courage, and funnel our efforts toward self-governance, all while participating effectively in our communities.

Self-governance is the power to make choices, set boundaries, and steward responsibility without a dependence on external forces. Boundaries and consequences help create a structure that promotes self-governance and keeps people focused on the mission. The Freedom V is a HERE tool, a mental model for the vehicle that moves you along the PATH.

Freedom V
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STRUCTURE DEMANDS BEHAVIOR
  • The Freedom V is a tool organizations can use to communicate what is honorable behavior and what is shameful behavior.
  • Boundaries & consequences create the structure or walls of the V, and must be clearly communicated.
    • All behavior that lies within the V is permissible.
    • All behavior that goes outside of the V is not permissible and must have some consequence attached to it.
      • Consequences drive behavior. We have to follow through on advertised consequences or lose trust.
      • When an individual goes outside the boundaries of the structure, we must use the Moment Of Truth to establish truth/reality and create a plan. A consequence is that individuals can be moved down the V, in other words their boundaries are tightened.
      • When individuals show propensity, they are moved up the V and given a greater level of autonomy within their roles.
      • Consequences should not exist simply to punish, they are developmental and exist to teach individuals how to live within the established boundaries.
      • People dislike perceived negative consequences, and will attempt to avoid them
  • We want individuals to have all the freedom they can handle, but not more.

The Freedom V is used to teach individuals the value of boundaries and encourage them toward self-governance, to create their own boundaries within the structure given.

CHARACTERISTICS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE V
  • Very narrow boundaries. Minimal freedom, close level of oversight
  • Leadership Styles typically used: Directive, Transactional
  • Types of Influence typically used: Positional, Coercive, Reward
    • Examples:
      • A toddler who doesn’t yet understand how the world works
      • A new employee learning the ropes
      • An existing employee moving into a new position within the organization/or moving under a new manager
CHARACTERISTICS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE V
  • Narrow-wide boundaries. Moderate level of freedom, moderate level of oversight
  • Leadership Styles typically used: Transactional, Participative, Delegative
  • Types of Influence typically used: Coercive, Reward, Expert, Referent
    • Examples:
      • An employee who has been on the job for 6-12 months
      • A teenager going into high school
      • An existing employee who has recently been moved down the Freedom V
CHARACTERISTICS AT THE TOP OF THE V
  • Wide boundaries. High level of freedom, minimal oversight
  • Leadership Styles typically used: Mainly Transformational, sometimes Delegative
  • Types of Influence typically used: Expert, Referent
    • Examples:
      • A child going off to college
      • An employee who has demonstrated high levels of proficiency, an ability to self govern, and commitment to the mission

Additional Resources

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THE BEST LEADERS DON’T MAKE ANYONE DO ANYTHING
THE VALUE OF CONSEQUENCES
HOW PERSONAL BOUNDARIES CAN EXPAND YOUR FREEDOM
THE LIBERATING PROCESS OF SETTING BOUNDARIES FOR MYSELF

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