TEAM & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
"Learning often occurs best through
- Peter Senge, MIT Sloan School of Management
One of the most powerful tools that we use is the experiential or
action-learning simulation - due to its speed and effectiveness in achieving results.
Action-Learning is based on the premise that people learn best from experience - and from
reflecting on experience to gain insights for personal, professional and team development.
While on the surface they often appear to be simply "games", the team and
leadership simulations that we use are a form of action-learning that serve as powerful
"practice fields" to sharpen critical skills for on-the-job
All of our action-learning programs are highly customized to
address your organization/teams objectives and desired results. Following a thorough
assessment process, we will design a program that targets your outcomes. Programs can be
designed for an indoor or outdoor setting, at your facility or at a conference off-site,
and vary from 2 hours to 5 days - depending on your objectives and the action-learning
Whether focused on team building, leadership development, personal
empowerment or simply celebration - we guarantee an experience that is powerful,
results-oriented and fun.
All of PEI's programs are highly customized around specific goals
& objectives. The following are a few examples of simulations
that we use. Following a thorough assessment process with you and your team/organization,
we will recommend & customize one or more simulations that will best achieve your
group dynamics related to different "silos" (i.e. departments)
within your team / organization.
promote collaboration & support between departments & functions.
foster a collective vision of success.
group is divided into three or four sub-teams (representing different
functions / departments). Each is given a specific project to accomplish
(i.e. getting a ball into a bucket while blindfolded, solving a set of
riddles, creating a bridge using wooden beams). You are also given an
overall objective for the entire team to accomplish. Success is measured
by each sub-team achieving their goal - as well as everyone achieving the
GO! (aka Keypunch)
fun participating together in a physically active challenge.
your collaborative decision-making & problem-solving skills.
your strategic planning process.
on the ground approximately 60 feet away from your group lies a rope on
the ground tied into a large square. Within this rope square lie numerous
plastic squares, each labeled with a different number. Your challenge as a
team is see how quickly and efficiently you can reach the roped area (from
your starting line), touch each of the plastic squares in sequence, and
then return to the starting line. You will have four separate attempts to
create the fastest time possible. You
may engage in strategic planning time at the beginning as well as
following each time trial attempt. Additional client requirements will be
shared with you by your facilitator.
the key ingredients for high performance teamwork / leadership.
the trust, support and cohesion within your group.
with unexpected change.
and have fun!
challenge in this activity is twofold:
come up with a list of key ingredients for high performance teamwork /
complete a project - while putting into practice those ingredients.
Project: Your entire
group is standing on top of four 8-foot wooden beams that form a square.
Your mission is to rearrange yourselves on these boards (i.e. according to
height, etc.) - without ever stepping off the boards. Your facilitator
will inform you of additional client requirements.
strategic planning & collaborative decision-making processes.
effective communication & listening skills.
individual accountability vs. teamwork for maximizing performance.
tarp that looks like a checkerboard lies on the ground in front of you,
containing 72 squares. There is only one successful path through this
"maze" - and your "maze master" (facilitator) holds
the key. Your task is fourfold: (1)
To discover the successful path through the Maze; (2) To move your entire
team from one end of the Maze to the other, using only the successful
path; (3) To turn the highest profit (through avoiding penalties and
rework); and (4) To demonstrate high performance teamwork.
Your facilitator will inform you of "customer
requirements" for completing this project. Good Luck!
THE ORIENTEERING CHALLENGE
This activity is excellent for addressing a number of team,
leadership and organizational issues. The following are examples of
objectives that you may choose to target:
Sharpen strategic planning skills.
Clarify your vision.
Foster effective processes for communication, decision-making,
problem-solving, and conflict management.
Manage time & resources efficiently.
Examine collaboration vs. competition.
Promote understanding & appreciation of differing leadership styles.
Understand the importance of balance between a “bottom-line” focus
and sustaining positive team relationships.
Corporate Orienteering Challenge engages participants on many levels:
intellectual, emotional, and physical. It is an activity that requires the
practice of both technical skills and people skills to ensure success –
the same as in any business endeavor. After learning the technical skills
of map and compass use, your team (divided into sub-teams) will strategize
on how to find the most markers scattered around a landscape – within a
prescribed amount of time. Each marker is valued at a different dollar /
point amount – based on the difficulty of reaching that marker. Strategy
is crucial. At each marker there may also be additional challenges to be
met or problems to be solved – thus adding a multi-tasking element. No
one skill alone – physical, mental, or social – will ensure success.
One group may be physically stronger than another, but if they are moving
in the wrong direction they’ll just get lost faster!
One team may have an expert in the technical skills of navigation,
but if the whole team has not “bought in” to the strategy & goals
– poor morale and drop-outs may result. Welcome to the orienteering
“practice field” for high performance leadership and teamwork!
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