Do it When you want to develop your team members. As you know team members do not have time to read books. Consequently, if they do not read, they cannot develop their skills. So here is one tip how you can motivate them to develop themselves on a daily basis. Every week one of them should start to read a book. During that week he/she should read only 30 pages of the book. At the next meeting he/she should make a small presentation on what he /she has learned. Then, all other members of the team should write down their own ideas about: How it can be implemented in their organisation. After you do that just once per week for one year period, you all will have 6 books read. On the top of it, you will have a special box full of ideas that can be implemented in your organisation. This is something that I suggest to all companies I cooperate with. Everyone is in the good mood praticing: presentation skills, brainstorming ideas, as well as learning something totally new and developing each member of the team.
Now coaching questions for you: 1. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning change? 2. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning personal development? 3. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning professional development? 4. Which book from your cultural heritage has made the strongest influence on you? 5. What book do you need to read to put yourself on the next level of knowledge? Thank you for sharing your ideas!
Do it When your want to talk about desirable characteristics in your company. Aesop’s Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Every fable has a story in which characters of the people are personified in animals. In addition, every fable has its morale and because of that fables are told to the children while they were building their value systems. I think that nowadays fables should be used in companies to build value system of the organizations. Divide your participants in small groups and in each group tell them to find 3 characteristics that are totally unacceptable in your organization. After that, tell them to reverse those characteristics and find 3 positive. Now, for each characteristic they have to find one animal that will represent it. After that each group just has to make its unique fable. To make it more interesting each group will make a drawing about its fable. In the end, read them all and show the morale of each fable. While preparing the workshop for my group, 3 fables came to my mind. Here is the first one. A Midnight rooster Every morning a rooster was first to wake up in the farm announcing to all other animals that the new day had come. But the young hens had some new habits. They liked to sleep late in the morning. So they made a cunning plan. The young hens came to the rooster with a story that he had an extraordinary voice and that he should try to sing during the night for them. The rooster was flattered and he accepted to make them serenades during the nights. The poor rooster was caught in a trap to sing all night long, so he couldn’t wake up in the morning. The farmer noticed that there was something wrong with the rooster, so he killed and fried him. Morale of the fable: Do your job properly no matter what “young chicks” will tell you to do. Now coaching questions for you: 1. Think about your life. Dedicate one animal to all 8 areas of your life. What animals will you choose? The areas are: Physical Environment, Career, Money, Health, Romance, Friends / Family, Personal Growth and Fun / Recreation. 2. Make stories for all 8 animals. 3. What would you suggest to each animal? Thank you for sharing your ideas!
Do it When your want to motivate yourself whenever you feel like that. In addition, a motivation book could be used as a present for someone you want to make tick. Motivation is like hygiene. The same as we have to wash our face every day, we also have to motivate ourselves day to day. In the picture is the reference book I made for my friend. I asked our colleagues, each of them to write or draw on paper their thoughts about him. Then, I collected all paper sheets with their drawn thoughts and put them in a binder. I decided to use a special occasion, his birthday, and prior to his lecture to give him the motivation book as a present. He was so touched, and we were all so happy. Like Charles R. Swindoll said: “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.” I know that we gave him “a heart full of joy“, but more than that we gave him The Reference book for Motivation. Whenever he wants to boost his motivation, he just has to open the book and to leaf through pages. He will find so many positive things about himself which will raise his motivation to the next level. I know that I have given you an idea, but that is not enough. Go right away and write a motivation book to someone you love!
Now coaching questions for you: 1. Just imagine that you would receive The Reference book for Motivation. Explain it in details. 2. Why would it be so important to you? 3. How will that book affect your future actions? Thank you for sharing your ideas!
Today is my birthday and I want to thank all my friends on social networks who have made this day even more special to me. So, I want to give them something in return. This idea is dedicated to all of you. You can do it When your employees have to think about your company’s values. A carousel or merry-go-round is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The “seats” are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down by gear work to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of looped circus music. The earliest known depiction of a carousel is in a Byzantine bas-relief dating to around 500 A.D., which depicts riders in baskets suspended from a central pole. Your employees will have to make a carousel from a candle, a wire and paper. The instruction is shown on the picture below, but the main task is to choose seats for the riders. Just imagine that your company is represented by carousel. What would be the presentations for seats? Horses are not allowed! What seats will you choose? If you divide employees into the groups, each group will make its own carousel (the presentation of your company) and will explain its work in the end. Now coaching questions for you: 1. Imagine that your life is a carousel and seats are stages of your life. How many seats will you have? 2. What will the presentation of each part of your life look like? 3. Now think about your life as a carousel and what changes will you make? Thank you for sharing your ideas!
Do it at the beginning of the training When you want to start with something new and introduce them at the same time. In the envelops you will give them instructions what to do. For instance you could give them puzzles which are mixed in different envelops. So each person will have to check his parts of puzzle with other participants. During that conversation they will meet and introduce each other. On every training you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some you wish you never had to think about again. But you do. Now, questions for you: 1. What else could you find in the envelops? 2. How could you meet other people in different way? 3. Who are the people that you remember? Thank you for your work!
Do it at the beginning of the training when you want from participants to set their goals for the training session. As you know it is mandatory for participants to define the training goals at the very beginning of the training. They can write those goals on the paper as usual. Then you will surprise them with the following instruction. Ask them to put that message in a balloon and then to blow the balloon. Now, keep those balloons aside until the end of the training. During the final part of the training ask each of them to use a needle and to pin the balloon. The balloon will explode and the message will drop out. Now each person will just have to read the goal and answer what he/she has learned about that goal. Remember as Yogi Berra said: “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up some place else.” But, if you know where you are going, let’s make something spectacular at the end of your journey.
Now, questions you have to think about: 1. What does your team need at this moment? 2. What tool could you use for another group instead of balloons? Thank you for your ideas
Do it When you want to make a team building.Divide your team in the groups of three. Give them the same task. Imagine that your team is represented with an animal, but that animal has to be the combination of three animals with one characteristic from each one. For example, we are as brave as a tiger, with the speed of an antelope and we are strong like an elephant. Now each group should draw its animal as a group logo. All three members of the group should draw at the same time. At the end make presentations and discussions. Remind them of this quote: “What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.” – W. Edward Deming
Now, coaching questions for you: 1. Imagine that for solving your main company problem you should develop three characteristics. Name all 3 of them? 2. What does the solution to this problem mean to you? 3. How would you know that you have solved it? 4. Recall the time in your life when you owing to that characteristic managed to achieve something very important to you. 5. By having that experience on your mind write down what you can do to develop each characteristic? 6. What could you do to make each characteristic sustainable once when you reach them? 7. Now having those characteristics stable write down an action plan for solving your main company problem. 8. Thank you for your time and tell us how satisfied you are with this session on a scale from 1 to 10?
Do it When you train creativity. Supply them with child bricks. All bricks have to have the same width and length. Only high and color ones have to be different. Each group has a task to present different characters or products by using only bricks. After 15 minutes some groups have to present their results and the other ones have to guess what character or product is about. As Florence King said: “Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty – as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.” But we know that we can develop creativity, just like we can develop our physical beauty. Just for practising creativity, try to guess which cartoon characters are in picture below.
Now, coaching questions for you: 1. What is the most important thing that you can learn from your favorite cartoon character? 2. After having had that lesson how would your life look like? 3. What other values would you have? 4. What goals would you target then? 5. What would the very best action plan to that goal look like? 6. How would you know that you are on the right tracks? 7. What would make you go even further? 8. What would you say to your favorite cartoon character at the end?