Ass-umptions: Uncovering the cracks that divide us

We’ve all heard that old adage about assumptions and how they make you, and me look. Yet how often do we still take for granted the underlaying perspectives with which we approach our world and our work? In today’s workplace, so much can be left unsaid. And, over time, these unspoken realities we keep inside can lead to breakdowns in team communication and performance.

Uncovering and transmuting assumptions can serve as a powerful doorway into team transparency, trust, and cohesion. Discover tools to how to create spaces for open and vulnerable conversations, a necessary prerequisite for any assumptions work. Then build on that foundation to disrupt insidious assumptions that arise within the team dynamic and transform them to create conscious alignment that bolsters innovation, engagement, and creative problem-solving, particularly in high stress environments.

You’ll gain powerful new tools to bypass reactive and destructive behaviors, engage in new levels of relationship with colleagues, and find new resourcefulness to amplify your productivity and fulfilment.

Join Joanne and Barton as they uncover the cracks that undermine team cohesion, and leverage these assumptions to turn unconsciousness on its head and create powerful alignment at all levels of the workplace.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Mingle – Ask each other the questions, “Name an assumption that was made about you. What was its impact on you?”

Agreements & Context of assumptions, being in/out of boxes, and responsibility for impact.

It’s not you, it’s me – uncovering the impact of assumptions.

Debrief Audience – What came up for you in sharing/receiving assumptions?

Assumptions in teams – small group discussion on where they server and derail team function. What’s the cost of assumptions? When how do we typically address them?

Debrief and transition to

Assumptions vs. alignment- flipping the script toward consciousness

Responding to assumptions and finding alignment (try it out).

Debrief with group - their findings.

Final Activity: Sealing the deal. The culmination of what is learned will be revealed and audience members will have experienced the importance of clearing assumptions and creating conscious alignment in their teams.

Debrief & Conclude.

Learning Outcome

Learn how to disrupt insidious assumptions that arise within the team dynamic and transform them to create conscious alignment that bolsters innovation, engagement, and creative problem-solving, particularly in high stress environments. Gain powerful new tools to bypass reactive and destructive behaviors, engage in new levels of relationship with colleagues, and find new resourcefulness to amplify your productivity and fulfillment.

Uncovering and transmuting assumptions can serve as a powerful doorway into team transparency, trust, and cohesion. Gain awareness around the “trap of agreement,” and discover the sense of freedom that come from leveraging the source of assumptions to create powerful alignment.

This session will also give you tools to how to create spaces for open and vulnerable conversations, a necessary prerequisite for any assumptions work. One authentic act of clearing assumptions is all you to make it contagious in a group.

Target Audience

Leaders, Scrum Masters, Team Members, Everyone

Prerequisites for Attendees

No previous knowledge is required. You have it all within you!

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    How do you relate the assumptions between strangers to assumptions within a team?

    What sort of points usually come out of your debriefs?

    You say, "the culmination of what is learned will be revealed." Please share that with the review committee.