schedule Oct 15th 03:15 - 04:00 PM place Ballroom B people 11 Interested

Are you involved with teams? Want to be able to shape team dynamics toward more productive outcomes?

Come dive below the surface of personalities and words to discover the perspectives that shape them.

We’ll learn together and from each other through facilitated hands-on experiences.

You will be able to apply what you learn immediately and directly to improving the quality of interactions.

The efforts of teams is widely regarded to be a competitive differentiator. Being a member of a high-performing team is often reported as a life high point by those who experience it. All around us there is a growing emphasis on teams and teamwork.

Yet effective teams remain elusive. More often groups of people who come together simply cooperate rather than collaborate. They avoid productive conflict, instead engaging in counterproductive discourse.

We can do better. As coaches, we can learn how to read the underlying dynamics that drive team behavior. To enable them to understand what drives their interactions (hint, it’s not the individuals!).

Facilitators will guide the group through a series of experiential activities to teach David Kantor’s Four Player Model and David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model. Both models are robust and have been thoroughly researched and widely applied.

This may very well be the answer to getting your stuck teams to move beyond their perceived issues toward collaboration and creativity!

 
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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

The entire session is hands on! The room will be set in round tables of 6-8 per table. Each table will be equipped with a roll of blue tape, post it notes, index cards, pens, etc.

Because we are interested in observable behaviors rather than what people think they do, we will immediately give a simple task for each table: divide your table's surface into 4 quadrants. We will give labels for the axes and quadrants. Each table is creating a map of the Kolb Experiential Learning Model. By creating a concrete outcome with ambiguous means to that end, a learning opportunity presents itself. As each individual responds according to their preferences, we are creating some preliminary information to mine later.

Once each table has created their maps, we will go through a brief explanation of the learning cycle: diverging -> analyzing -> deciding -> acting. We will apply this to the model on the tables and begin to explore the implications of learning styles being over/under represented in a team. Where possible we will do such explorations as discussions at each table, followed by a share out by each table to the room. As participants' understanding of different learning styles deepens, they'll be able to reflect on how they've engaged in the activities and self-identify their preferred style.

For the second half of the session we'll invite participants to organize into affinity groups based on learning style. In each style-based group, we'll invite them to complete another open-ended exercise: plan a vacation. Each group's vacation idea will be briefly presented to the entire room as examples of how different learning styles approach achieving the same outcome.

Our final activity will be to map Kantor's Four Player Model onto the Kolb preferences. Specifically we'll explore the Action Domain, which suggests the following four actions: move, oppose, follow, bystand. Like learning styles, we tend to prefer certain actions over others. We'll invite each group of learning styles to identify actions that are productive in their phase of the learning cycle, which are less productive, and signs that things are either stuck or moving too quickly. The output this final activity will be shared with the room, giving everyone a very deep map of interactions to take away with them, thus learning how to read the undercurrents of team interactions.

Learning Outcome

Obtain a working knowledge of two very powerful, evidence-based models that explain how we behave.

Know when specific types of perspectives add value, and when they add risk.

Ability to begin amplifying beneficial contributions and damping less helpful ones.

Learn how to help teams navigate through conflict to unleash creativity!

Target Audience

Coaches, Scrum Masters, Leaders, curious individuals and anyone else interested

Prerequisites for Attendees

A beginners mindset is all that is needed.

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