72 Days till Christmas! My favourite time of the year
Last week I was helping my current client organise an away day for the ADM community. This was really important to me as it was the first time we had come together for a such thing. We finished off the event with some Axe throwing… which was epic! I can really recommend it as a team building activity. Here are a few photos of the fun.
I wanted to share with you a kick of exercise I completed. The history of this exercise dates from when I was working at AVIVA. It was one of those things I remember doing wondering what the hell was going on! It was not until many years later I realised the powerful value of this to teams. I have done this at many clients now and always get positive feedback and learn a little something along the way.
The exercise is called the Real Deal. It comprises of a deck of cards which each contains a word. You lay these cards out and ask each team member to pick 4 cards that represent things that are important to them at work. Card examples include things such as trust, autonomy, rewards etc.
You then ask them to each pick a deal breaker. This card represents the one thing that is most important to them and that if this thing is broken, then they effectively checkout.
Let me give you an example of mine:
My deal breaker has to be:
As part of the exercise we discuss:
I typically run this exercise with the whole group standing in a circle so we can give each other the full attention we deserve. At the end of each contribution I take the opportunity to thank them for sharing.
I find that this exercise helps to form teams by getting to know each other at a deeper level. Understanding each others core values will show how we are all in fact different and need to be treated and respected differently. Maybe someone needs more praise than others, maybe someone needs to feel more empowered than they currently are. The result being a more close knit and aware group of individuals.
So this is a really simple exercise that can support groups that need to work together for any goal. You don’t need any fancy decks of cards, you could write these words on post it notes and achieve the same effects.
Surprisingly my values have changed very little over the last 7 years (since I first did this technique). Fun has always been my deal breaker. Remember this the next time we meet
Why not give this a try and let me know your results.
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