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Developing Communication in the Team

A team needs to keep talking and working in an open and honest manner in order to perform and develop.  Despite our best intentions, the ways that we tend to communicate usually provide some obstacles to working well together. This programme is about identifying these tendencies and enabling the team to explore workable alternatives that can dramatically increase their effectiveness.

Individuals are given insight into their own and others’ working styles, and an opportunity to examine how best to combine them practically.

With a full day to explore the subject in depth, this is a powerful and rewarding course where individuals return to work with a greater understanding of how their team communicates, a stronger relationship with their colleagues and a clear plan of action to continue.

Who for?

  • Teams with a desire to work together more effectively
  • Teams with members who work on different projects, but also need to support one another
  • Managers who work in different departments who need to support one another
  • New teams and teams dealing with a change of structure

Why?

  • Improved communication means more trust, support and understanding
  • A fun/relaxed atmosphere or more enjoyable working conditions
  • A platform for easier problem-solving in the future

Can this be developed?

  • Yes. Many companies go for a two day or four day course rather than a one day. The longer the course then the more in-depth the learning

What’s included in the price?

  • Insurance (to £5m)
  • Pre-course preparation
  • Full facilitation
  • Activities, full safety equipment and staffing
  • Post-Course evaluation

Developing Communication in the Team 1-Day Sample Course Programme

Time

Activity

Rationale

9.00am

Introductions, Health & Safety and Icebreakers

Allow delegates to become more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment. 

Helps delegates to express any hopes or concerns about the day.

9.30am

Communication - theory and thoughts

The ideas behind the structure of the day

Simplifies the mechanics behind effective communication

10.15am

Jigsaw

Highlights the difficulties of practical effective communication.

Show the way ahead for the rest of the course

11.45am

Digit Dodge:  short, seemingly easy problem solving task with the theme of constant improvement.

Helps to activate learning points made from Jigsaw

12.15pm

Shape Shifter:  a communications based task where everyone has some information, but no one has it all.

Highlights the problems with making assumptions

Shows need for clarification and checking understanding.

Shows how a seemingly impossible task can be achieved when everyone pulls together.

1.00pm

Lunch

1.45pm

* High All Aboard:  High-impact, fully involving pole-based activity.

Team will be divided and each sub-group given crucial information needed to ensure success. 

Requires efficient and complete transfer of information combined with individual support and trust.

Shows what the individual can do with help.

A very memorable activity where EVERYONE depends on each other for success

3.30pm

Coffee break

3.45pm

Individual Feedback:  ‘How others see us’ – theory and practice in giving and receiving feedback in a positive and constructive manner. 

Will bring individuals in the team together.

People will see themselves and each other with different perspective

Helps acknowledge differences in working styles and helps reinforce the benefits of having varied strengths in the team

4.45pm

Review and Action Planning

Wrap-up of learning points and areas for development.

Celebration of successes

Platform for continuation back in the workplace.

5.30pm

Post Course Evaluation and goodbyes


Developing Communication in the Team 2-Day Course Programme

Time

Activity

Rationale

Day 1

9.00am

Introductions, Health & Safety and Icebreakers

Allow delegates to become more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.  

Helps delegates to express any hopes or concerns about the day.

9.30am

Blind Leads:  trust-based task

Helps delegates to put their physical and emotional well being into the hands of their colleagues.

Highlights how trust forms a platform for better communication

10.00am

Digit Dodge:  short, seemingly easy problem solving task with the theme of constant improvement.

Highlights how effective communication is essential to the problem solving process.

10.30am

Coffee Stop



10.45am

Spiders Lair:  a more involving physical problem solving task

Combines the aspects of physical and emotional trust with the problem solving process:  getting the job done whilst keeping teammates engaged and happy.

11.15am

Working Styles theory and practice

Understanding the different working styles of our colleagues

Gaining a better understanding of our own strengths and weaknesses

Using each others working styles in order to work more effectively.

12.15pm

Lunch

       

1.00pm

*Low Level Ropes:  paired support in an unusual setting

Necessitates high levels of trust and support

Opportunity to stretch individual comfort zones

2.30pm

Coffee Stop

 
2.45pm

Shape Shifter:  a communications based task where everyone has some information, but no one has it all.

Highlights the problems with making assumptions

Shows need for clarification and checking understanding.

Shows how a seemingly impossible task can be achieved when everyone pulls together.

4.00pm

Team Development workshop:  looking at Team Development theory and matching it pragmatically and honestly to where we are currently within the team.

Gives delegates the chance to discuss the team and identify obvious strengths and weaknesses.

Uses discussion to highlight real issues in a constructive and positive framework.

5.00pm

Review of Day 1

Wrap up the day and clear up any misunderstandings or confusion.

Day 2

8.45am

Energiser and review of Day 1

Ensures that everyone is up and ready for the day.

Clears up any confusion or highlights any insights made during discussion overnight.

Allows an individual to highlight any planned Key Learning objectives for the rest of the day.

9.15am

Board of Directors:  difficult communications-based problem solving game.

Highlights the need for clear understanding across staff teams

Shows the dangers of making assumptions about others understanding without checking

Great example of how people/teams wait to be fed information rather than actively seek it out.

10.30am

Coffee Stop



10.45am

Jigsaw: a complicated multi-tasking exercise that involves great amounts of communication, co-ordination and trust across sub-teams to get the job done.

Opportunity to apply the learning made so far with some added pressure.

Requires individuals to declare their own as yet hidden skills and talents.

Provides a good benchmark for how effectively the team is working.

12.15pm

Lunch



1.00pm

Individual Feedback:  ‘How others see us’ – theory and practice in giving and receiving feedback in a positive and constructive manner.  

Will bring individuals in the team together.

People will see themselves and each other with different perspective

Helps acknowledge differences in working styles and helps reinforce the benefits of having varied strengths in the team

2.00pm

*High All Aboard:  High-impact, fully involving pole-based activity.

Team will be divided and each sub-group given crucial information needed to ensure success.  

Requires efficient and complete transfer of information combined with individual support and trust.

Shows what the individual can do with help.

A very memorable activity where EVERYONE depends on each other for success

4.00pm

Coffee Stop



4.15pm

Review and Action Planning

Wrap-up of learning points and areas for development.

Celebration of successes

Platform for continuation back in the workplace.

4.45pm

Post Course Evaluation and goodbyes



5.00pm

End



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