Communication is the central focus in any and every work place, but what does communication really mean? Every person encodes and decodes messages differently; if your team doesn’t understand that, they will struggle to communicate effectively. This program explores various communication types, highlighting how people interpret things differently, and commonly misunderstood communication points. Your team members step into each others’ shoes and create a sense of empathy and understanding for each other, all while having a great time engaging in unique, challenging, and thought-provoking activities. These insights are taken back to the workplace to improve communication, morale, and respect for each other.
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Team Inventory Survey Before the program, each participant will evaluate the team’s attributes and blind spots.
Pre-event Consult (30 minutes) The team leader and the facilitator review the group information and align on outcomes to ensure a successful program.
Welcome & Warm-Ups (10 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff welcome participants and set expectations and ground rules for the day’s events. We then lead some fun warm-up activities that break the ice and get the group physically, mentally, and emotionally involved.
Intro Teamwork Challenge (10-20 minutes) We jump right into the program with a thought-provoking team activity that brings into focus several key components of what communication means to the team. This helps the group see and understand what is going on, how it is impacting the team, and how important it is to address those issues.
The Teamwork Compass® (15-20 minutes) We lead an interactive conversation about the key ingredients of teamwork, how different team members have a stronger affinity for some of those ingredients, and how to bring them all together to be a healthy team. We also go into what communication looks like for each style and how some may conflict without meaning. We use this model throughout the program to increase familiarity with this powerful tool and create a culture of success.
The Communication Spectrum (60 minutes): We facilitate 2-3 communication-based activities that help to put the team into different situations where communication looks different. We then deep dive into conversations about how this looks in their work life, where some barriers may exist, and actionable steps to improve communication for everyone.
Team Coaching (20-30 minutes) The group rates their current level of communication in several essential areas and brain- storms ways to improve the most critical areas. As a team, they commit to the strategy that they have agreed upon and to holding each other accountable to that commitment for 30 days.
Final Teamwork Challenge (30 minutes) This hands-on challenge is designed to act as a trust-building activity. It will also help your team utilize their new understanding of the communication spectrum and apply those lessons to make the team more effective. Many exercises are available based on the specific needs of your team.
Closing Debrief & Wrap-up Activity (10 minutes) The group comes together to acknowledge the accomplishments of the day and incorporate lessons into real life. We wrap up with a meaningful closing activity and team picture.
Post-event Leader Consult (20-30 minutes) The program facilitator will talk with the team leader to share insights and suggestions for maintaining momentum afterward.
Virtual Group Follow-up (45-60 minutes) Approximately one month after the event, your facilitator will host a virtual follow-up session to review key concepts, answer questions, discuss best practices, and assist with creating action plans.