Here are a range of activities which will help you to extend your learning beyond what we we covered earlier in the year.
It is easy for us to forget the control we have over our own destiny. We can get caught up in the day-to-day, in the habits and behaviours that prevail in the organisations we work in. But we always have a choice - this activity helps you to explore your options.
Activity: Bold Choices
Purpose: to help build the case for change, and understanding of how the choices we make influence the outcome.
- Watch the film and consider the bold choices you have made in your life.
- How have they served you?
- What support did you need to help them to succeed?
- What bold choices can you make in terms of leading your team?
- What support do you need?
- Create a plan for action
Personal investment model
Every day we have a choice to bring with us either a positive or negative attitude, and we can apply to that attitude either a low or high amount of energy. Whatever state we arrive in will have implications to our own performance and that of those around us, so we need to ensure we understand our impact and what we can do to ensure it is a positive one.
Activity: Personal Investment Model
Purpose: to identify where you and your team are currently and what you need to do to move towards or sustain more 'Player' Behaviour
- Print off a copy of the worksheet
- Explain the two axes, and explore each of the elements, in the order of Cynic, Spectator, Victim, Player. Ask the team "What are we seeing/hearing when people are operating from each place?"
- Ask the team to assess where they are spending most of the their time now.
- Discuss: What has created that situation?
- If the group is large enough break into four smaller groups, asking each to explore one of the four states - ask each group to contemplate and make notes - “What do we need to do in order to shift into more consistent player behaviour?” – Consider this from both a personal perspective (What do I need to do?) and also from a team perspective (“How do we need to work together to be more Player?).
- Have a discussion in plenary with regard to the team question. Identify between 1-3 actions that you can all commit to.
- Ask everyone to share 1 thing they are going to do personally that will help them maintain Player mode.
- Add item to next team meeting to share progress.
Being able to give and receive feedback is an essential part of managing performance - both ours and that of our teams and colleagues. But how many of us can honestly say we always speak our truth? How often do we solicit (and listen to!) the opinions of others?
Activity One: Feedback Skills
Purpose: Understanding how to give and receive feedback
- Ask the team why they think feedback is important and list the benefits. The goal is always to help the other person - either to help them to sustain behaviour or to improve performance.
- Ask them on a scale of 1-10 (1=terrible and 10=outstanding), how good you are as a team at giving each other feedback (think both motivational feedback and developmental).
- Remind them of the benefits they have identified and ask them to think of practical ways that you could collectively get better at giving feedback.
- Introduce the team to 3 models that help to give and receive better feedback – BOOST, AID and DERAC.
- Pair people up in a way that they can give each other some meaningful feedback.
- Ask them to think about both a piece of motivational and developmental feedback that they can give each other, give them a few minutes to prepare and then in their pairs they share their feedback (this may feel strange and uncomfortable but ask the team to be brave and experiment with it to see how it can be useful).
- In plenary, ask the team to share their reflections on what that felt like.
- Let the team know that feedback is essential to helping improve engagement and performance. Schedule in a session at your weekly team meetings and ask your team to prepare a piece of motivational and a piece of developmental feedback for one person in the team (as leader you prepare some for everyone so that you ensure everyone leaves having both given and received feedback).
- This can be repeated until you are providing each other with feedback on a spontaneous and regular basis