Get Connected - The Tools
These tools have been written in a way that should make it possible for a team to take them on without any help from someone outside of the team. But if you feel that there are times when it would be better to have a professional facilitator or coach to support you do not be afraid to ask for help!
Most of these tools take 30 – 60 minutes to complete, with some exceptions which may extend to half day, or even full day workshops. There is no specific order in how to use them, but they do connect and could support each other. Together they give you a good foundation to grow a desired team culture.
When working with the tools, please try to put them into a larger context and in a plan that stretches over an extended period of time, e.g.6 to 18 months. This will increase your ability to grow and maintain your desired culture.
Exercises and Slides
For our REALITY:
To map, review, involve and define the requirements and expectations from the key stakeholders of your change initiative.
Connect to the Customer
A good understanding of where our solution fits into the customer business operations and his/her intention and long term objectives will get us better connected to the customer and enhance the collaboration.
Open space offers a participative platform, where within a limited time-frame, a medium or a larger group of people, explores complex issues or a transformative topic and comes to deeper, shared understanding and potentially recommendations.
During turbulent times of change or if you are unsure of what is going on “beneath the surface” in your team, you could make it a habit to ask these “Important Questions”.
This exercise helps individuals and groups to discover what is important to them about their work and what motivates them at their deepest level.
Personal 4 Why's
This exercise helps individuals in a group to create their personal vision and mission.
Personal Values & Hot Buttons
The exercise does not only help you understand yourself better, it also offers the team the opportunity to voice their beliefs and values which is a critical part of building a stronger social capital and connection within a team.
From PVA to Action
A good start on your personal journey is to get better connected to your personal values. There are many ways in which you can do this, Barrett Values Centre offer you two possibilities. One is to do an Individual Values Assessment (IVA), or a Personal Values Assessment (PVA).
From Fear to Trust
The purpose of this exercise is to help participants gain a greater understanding of fears that hold them back from courageous action and to create next steps to resolve a current problem situation. It can be used as a stand-alone exercise or used as a module in a longer workshop.
Manage Your Energy
Our performance and actions depend on the individual level of energy in each of the members of a team or organisation. In order to cope with new demands in a productive and healthy way, we need to connect to our current level of energy and understand how and where we need to go to re-fuel.
For our AMBITION:
Team 4 Why's
This exercise helps individuals in a group to create their team vision and mission and to clarify the connection to an external vision and mission for example to that of their customers and society.
Align to Strategy
The process to align your strategy with your culture is not as complicated as it may sound. Simply put, it is a conscious act of asking yourself what culture you need in order to reach your strategic objective. This tool provides you with these steps.
Internalisation of Team Ambitions
This exercise sets out to raise a dialogue around the compatibility of team objectives with the ambitions of the key people needed to make the team successful.
Ai to Free Collective Aspirations
The collective “wisdom of the crowd” is more powerful than each individual wisdom. By using the basic principles of Appreciative Inquiry, we collect the positive wisdom to free our full human potential and build a shared commitment of our collective ambitions of behaviors connected to our desired values.
Team Core Values & Wanted Behaviour
Clarifying what are the wanted behaviours related to the shared values, is fundamental when creating an effective and attractive work environment. The outcome from this exercise together with a shared vision and mission form a strong foundation for the team culture.
From CVA to Action
To share and discuss the outcomes of a values assessment within your team, and to deeper explore the meaning and getting an in depth understanding of the values that people choose in the assessment.
Values in Action
At a start-up of a team it helps define the expectations and demands. It is also helpful later when the team goes through different phases and is being reshaped for ‘follow up’, ‘reflect’, ‘recognise’ and/or ‘fine-tune the defined and wanted behaviours’.
My Team's level of Trust
In order to have a high performing team, there must be a high level of trust in the group. Trust increases the speed at which the group is able to accomplish tasks and takes the bureaucracy out of communication. The principal components of trust are character and competence.
The Elephant in the Room
To address the problems that are caused by people, process or policy issues that people are unwilling or unable to discuss by themselves.
From Conflict to Creativity
There is great strength in diversity. A team comprised of members with different backgrounds, beliefs, world-views, experiences and skills can bring remarkable creativity and results. Sometimes those differences can get in the way and cause conflict which stifles progress and performance.
For our LEARNING:
Flexible action and ability to learn collectively is crucial for survival and success in an environment of faster change, and that calls for transformation of our behaviour!
This exercise helps the team members to be proactive in creating a positive feedback atmosphere within the team that will reinforce, encourage and motivate the team members when facing different types of challenges.
This exercise helps a team to make their thought processes transparent, to bring assumptions to the surface and perhaps challenge them. Also, to look more closely at sources of disagreement.
It helps if we view culture for what it is, something that is growing and developing through dialogue and learning. Additionally we need to have ways to recognise and follow up on progress during our journey to grow our wanted culture. This tool provides the potential.
Creative Mind is a meditation technique that offers the opportunity to expand your awareness. This meditation has the potential to help you induce the optimum level of consciousness for any given situation and experience the wisdom to create new possibilities.