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This team building workshop uses an experiential tool to offer powerful insights into team-based concepts. And it provides participants with an opportunity to both see and experience how an organization-wide team culture can make a huge difference to their company.
Over the Bridge is one of the best tools available to create situations and opportunities that translate readily and directly into an organizational environment. Although some team-building concepts may be difficult to grasp in a lecture-type environment, this tool brings them to life in a very tangible way.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
- Leaders who want to better understand how a team based culture can impact the overall function and performance of the organization
- Existing or newly formed teams
- Teams who may be experiencing difficulty in working together
- Leadership teams looking to leverage their effectiveness
- Practice skills that drive team effectiveness:
- Defining guiding principles and team norms
- Leveraging roles and strengths
- Using effective communication approaches
- Appling team concepts (synergy, consensus, brainstorming, etc) to problem solving and decision making
- Building in ways to promote and leverage learning
- Learn the value of leveraging learning across teams, departments, and functions
- Experience the impact of a collaborative versus competitive team culture
The day is broken into two parts:
Part 1 – The Process (2-3 hours)
Teams are given their customer’s five general objectives for the activity. All teams are then allowed 40 minutes to simultaneously plan how they will construct a vehicle and bridge that will meet these objectives.
The planning activity requires that two or three teams work with the same materials. At the end of the planning period, teams are required to requisition the parts they need to complete their design.
During the build phase, teams are given a ten-minute time limit in which to construct their planned vehicle and bridge. They are assisted, timed and observed by one of the other teams.
At the end of each build phase, team projects are judged and scored based on the customers detailed criteria (these more detailed criteria are available in the planning phase if teams ask). Once a team’s project has been evaluated, the next team submits its requisition and the process repeats.
Part 2 — The Debriefing
The debriefing session inevitably revolves around the following topics:
- differences and impacts associated with fostering a competitive versus collaborative team-based working environment
- value of promoting a learning culture
- customer service and its implications for teams working in a service environment (understanding the customer’s needs)
- challenges of dancing between planning and implementation
- recognition of different kinds and types of leadership
- reward and recognition – the tension between focusing on performance versus recognizing effort (especially associated with individuals and teams that provide learning that others will use to their and the organization’s benefit)
- all the wonderful aspects of working as a team: synergy, roles, leveraging strengths, developing consensus, brainstorming, etc.
Note: This activity can be run on its own with groups as small as 10 and as large as 90. It is ideally suited as a component of a larger and/or team-based workshop or development process.
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