Do it When you are finishing the training. After any training it is very important that people leave it with positive feeling. This means that everyone has done his part in developing total success. Using this tool everyone will leave training with something very concrete. Supply everyone with piece of paper. Then he/she has to write his/her name on the top of the paper. Than each one has to give his paper to the person left to him/her. Each person has to write one sentence what that person has developed during that training. After that he will pass that paper to the left. At the end every person will have positive feedback from all colleagues. It is important that one by one read aloud what was written. Now, coaching questions for you: 1. What was the nicest thing that anyone in the company said to you? 2. How you have felt when you heard that? 3. What other values you had that time? 4. Which melody can repeat that feeling to you? 5. What other things you can do to regain those feeling? 6. Where and when in the future you can use those values? Thank you and good luck!
Do it When you want to make your employees to learn for a lifetime. In every office there is a library, because every employee has to learn. As great Peter Drucker said: “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” This game you can play with your team, but also this library can be for real. Your team has to make drawing of library that will represent your company. Everyone has to participate and to explain what is so special and unique for your company. At the end send drawing to the carpenter and you will have special library that every employee will be glad to read.
Now, coaching questions for you: 1. Imagine that solution to your main company problem is in one of your books in your library. What is it? 2. Why is solving that problem so important to you? 3. On which book shelf is that book? 4. What is the name of that book? 5. Turn the last page, where usually are all answers? 6. What is the first answer to that question? 7. What are other possible answers? 8. Take another book and use the same procedure. What other answers you have found? 9. How satisfied are you with this session on a scale from 1 to 10?
Do it When you want to know what is really important to your people and what they want to change. Just imagine that in a basement of your company building you have found an old lamp. When you rub it a good genie appears. The genie gives to each member of your team 3 wishes. Everyone has to make 3 changes. You have to change yourself, your manager and your job.
You have 5 minutes for preparation and then you start presentations, one by one. You can make variations by making dividing people on groups of 3, so they can work and make presentation together. In that case give them flip chart. when you finish make a picture of presentations and use them in your company, Of course send one copy to us.
1. While that good genie is in the house, ask him for one additional wish. What it will be? 2. Why is it so important to you, that you will spend that one wish on it? 3. What changes in your life it will make? 4. How might you take it even further? 5. What skills would you need for it? 6. How are going to get it? 7. What is a full plan? 8. How will you stick to the plan? Thank you for sharing your ideas with us!
Do it When you want to connect people and make a team.
African born English Writer, William Plomer said: “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”
Now, we are going to implement that creativity in practice. All you need is love and a bag of m&ms or any other colored candies.
Closed eyes each member of your team has to take one candy. Just tell them that take it doesn’t mean eat it.
When everyone has his candy including you tell them the rules. One by one according to clockwise order, everyone has to tell in 3 sentences a story based on following: Red candy: Why he/she likes to work in your company?
Blue candy: When he/she was the most proud during his career?
Yellow candy: What was the most difficult client and how he/she has solved that?
Brown candy: When was the time he has felt miserable and how he has overcame that?
Green candy: What is his/her the most ambitious plan in your company?
Orange candy: What his/her boss said to him that made him the proudest person?
When all finish they can eat candies, and we can start coaching!
1. Now, when you know the code, which candy would you choose? 2. Connect that candy with one of your goals. Which one is that?
3. What is the tine frame for that goal?
4. Why is that goal important to you?
5. What will make that goal even more important to you?
6. How will you know that you get it?
7. What will be the series of steps that will bring you to your goal?
8. Who might help you?
9. What would that person suggest you to do?
10. How are you going ti commit yourself to do it?
Thank you, and please tell us are we helpful to you?
Do it When your team have to learn some now skill or to face a difficult change. People say that:” The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”. But employees are often afraid of a change. Sometimes they are even afraid of some new skill that they have to adopt. Show them that learning new skill is easy as A, B, C… or should I said Z, Y, X…? Ask your group to say alphabet from A to Z. People will laugh and did it with moderate speed. Tell them that new task is to do the alphabet backwards. They will laugh even more and say that is not possible without reading. Tell them that it is all up to them. If they think it is not possible, for sure they are right. But they have 3 minutes to prepare strategy for learning and 10 minutes for practicing. During that time they can use whatever they want just to learn that new skill. After those 13 minutes for sure they will succeed. Ask them: How did they feel when they heard for the first time what the task is? In which way preparation of strategy have helped them? How they can transfer that learning style on the job?
Now, it’s a Coaching time for Your Creative Mind: 1. Imagine a new skill that you would like to learn. What is it? 2. Scaling from 1 to 10 how important to you is that new skill? 3. Who would you be with that new skill? 4. Who else will benefit from it? 5. What will be the time frame for it? 6. What strategy will you use? 7. What will be your first step? 8. What will be other steps? You have a great plan, when you finish it post some pictures and comments on this page. Thank you and good luck.
Do it When you motivate your team or during team building. Nobody likes rules. That’s because rules are limitations that someone else is putting on us. That is so demotivating. But rules are necessary for doing business. Without them we would be in anarchy. So lets turn it around. Ask them to write down 10 rules that are so important for them on the job. Then one by one has to say his 10 rules and someone is writing on the flip chart. Obviously, some of the rules are gonna be said several times. Just count it like votes. At the end you will have 10 rules or you can narrow to 5 rules that are confirmed by all of them. Those rules are your company values and can be easily transferred into company mission.
Now coaching questions for you? Imagine that you have to make your life according to 3 rules. 1. What would you choose? 2. What sort of person would you be if you obey those 3 rules? 3. Who else would benefit then? 4. Why is this important to you? 5. What will be your next steps? Write down on comments or if it is more convenient email to me. Enjoy the journey.
Do it During team building. Great Zig Ziglar had funny story about gees. He would ask participants 3 questions and encourage them for answers.
Why are geese flying in “V” formation? And most of the people are familiar that using that trick geese save 70% of the energy.
Why from time to time geese change formation for several seconds? Again, there is in every group someone that will explain that leading goose is accepting the majority of the air pressure and for a while another goose will take its position
Why is one leg of the formation always longer than other? Looks like everyone has noticed that but no one has logical explanation. Then Zig would say: “Because in that “leg” are more geese!“
This will make people laugh, more connected and prepared for main topic.
There much more we can learn from the geese. 1. Geese flying at the end of formation are honking for supporting ones at front. 2. When a goose drops out of formation due to sickness or tiredness, two other geese join her and protect until it is ready again.
Now, you can make a discussion: Imagine our team being more efficient, supportive, caring and sharing the load. 1. What our team would look like? 2. What are even deeper goals with this achievement? 3. How are we going to know that we have made such team?
Looking for deeper goals will make your team building much more than they expected.
Now coaching questions for you? 1. What would be the master plan for achieving team building Zig Ziglar would be proud of you? 2. What are some of the best ways you can perform it? 3. How can you make this team building more meaningful of yourself and your team? I feel your passion for getting to start. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us and send us pictures from your team building.
Do it When you want to practice active listening or during team building.
I am sure you have seen the movie Midnight Cowboy. John Voight as Joe Buck and Dustin Huffman as Ratso have given outstanding performances. In that movie Harry Nilsson sings: “Everybody Is Talking At Me. I don’t hear a word they’re saying, Only the echoes of my mind…” Obviously when everybody is talking, no one can hear anything. Somehow we have to practice that active listening. Talking only when no one else is talking. Here is the most useful game for it. I have hear it from Master ZI.
Here are the rules for this game. You start by saying “One”, someone has to continue with “Two”. Other person will say “Three” and so on, until the last person will say the last number. Every person has to be included. It looks so easy, but we will make it very difficult. First, it has to be perfect silence, so only numbers can be heard. People are not allowed to communicate verbally or non verbally. It is not allowed to make predictable sequence of who is gonna be next. And finally if two people say the number at one time or interrupt each other, they have to start from the beginning. It will take several times until your people successfully finish the task. For sure then they will be relief with applause. Ask them: What they have learned from the game? How hard is to listen in perfect silence, waiting for someone else to talk? How do they decide when is the time to talk? When in communication they can use this skill? Now, for you: 1. What is your real goal with this group? 2. How would you know that you have succeeded? 3. How dedicated on a scale from 1 to 10 you are to that goal?
4. What other variations you are suggesting for this game?
Do it Whenyou have a group of peoplesize up to 20, whom don’t know each other, and you know you have to do something interesting. People have tendency to talk only to people that they have been introduced. If they don’t know anybody they will talk on the phone or just stare at handouts. So you have to introduce them quickly.
You need very nice Greeting cards. My suggestion is to take greeting cards with motivational quotes and/or pictures. Before the training in each of them write name of one participant. Then at the beginning of training randomly give them cards. Instantly they will recognize that they have someone else’s card. Tell them to find the right person and in one nice sentence give the card. It will take just several minutes, and after that you will have totally relaxed group of people. Now questions for you: 1. What is a good sentence for presenting card? 2. What can you give instead greeting card? 3. What would you do if the person likes the card and doesn’t want to give it to the right owner?
Do it When you want to think about recycling and during team building. Maybe you have heard of Richie Sowa, a man who built his own floating island. Important thing is that island is made from old plastic bottles. Making something useful Richie has recycled something that was planned to be trash.
Now, inspired with movie let’s see how we can make the similar. Your company for sure deserves an island. If you have no lake (or license) to build it, you can make an island at your backyard. It doesn’t have to be by 250,000 bottles, but use as many as possible. Make a small island, just for your team. You are not allowed to buy anything in the store for making it. Just collect things that you normally throw away. When you finish your company island make discussion. What have you learned during this event? What was important for each of us during this event? What else might be a good idea for growing your island? Come aboard on your island, have fun and make a picture.