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In the team building or leadership camps, we use a variety of team challenges, group activities, games, case studies.. anything where we force them to work together. There’s always a bit of pressure, some competition, and some team feedback.
The activities themselves are of course about learning. Where they are making people just work together on a case is also beneficial, to share ideas and knowledge. But at the end its almost like a meeting or workshop together. That’s happening before our eyes. So we’ll often have my coaches like Kathy or Lynda observe those meetings and they will share their feedback at the end, based on what they saw.
But more importantly, as we have a couple of different forms that we use, those forms will help people self evaluate themselves. How did they contribute, what did they contribute, what was the role, how do they think they could contribute more in the future, what did they do well, what did the team do well. We analyze the team, who facilitated or not, we analyse best practices, and at the end we get them to give feedback on things like who talked the most, the least, who could most easily influence other people, who tried to facilitate, which two were most creative, which two people had conflict, which person had trouble shifting how they saw things. Who got caught in their way of thinking and couldn’t shift the first paradigm. Who did you most enjoy working with. Which two people did you have the most synergy with, who did you best connect with. Who was best at keeping the group together and keeping it fun. Who was the most introvert. What’s your take away from the game. What would you do different next time. What can you take away as a leader? As a person? What can you take away next time you run a meeting. What is your lesson learned from this leadership challenge?
So we offer all kinds of leadership challenges. And people do really get challenged. We have stopwatches and the feedbackers really nail them after, because that’s our job. If we let them self-evaluate themselves first, then feedback from team members and then the facilitators and coaches, there are results. They can have life-changing impact. Often people don’t get this kind of impact, not this intense, and that’s why they come to these leadership or team development camps – because that’s the lifechanging experience it can be.