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A workshop to explore personal traits and interpersonal relations using the Myers-Briggs personalities model. Use this tool to go deeper with your team to understand more about yourselves and each other on personal and professional levels.
At the start of the workshop, give everyone time to do a version of the Myers-Briggs personality test.
We suggest using an online tool like 16Personalities.
Stress that the purpose is not to categorise anyone or impose 'truths' about our personalities, but rather to use the model as a jump-off point for reflection. A way to discuss different motivators, styles, preferences, etc.
Ask the group as individuals to reflect on their Myers-Briggs personality type.
Then in-turn invite them to and share with the whole group what they think rings true, and what they think doesn't.
After each person has shared, invite the group to share back with their own perspectives. Ensure that this is done with a respectful and supportive attitude.
Divide the group into pairs / threes and as them to explore each dimension of their personality type in more detail. Use the notes from the online test and any other materials that you think would be useful, to support the exploration.
The dimensions are:
After 20/30 minutes of exploration into the personality dimensions, bring everyone back to the larger group and invite them to share insights from their discussions.
End with a check-out, asking everyone to share one insight they take with them from the workshop.
The purpose of this simple exercise is to demonstrate three key principles useful for creativity and idea generation: quantity is a condition for quality; building on the ideas of others; the ideas we come up with are usually all the same. The format is simple, with small groups standing and drawing apples. At the end of the exercise the whole group reflects and draws out learnings and reflections.
IDOARRT is a simple tool to support you to lead an effective meeting or group process by setting out clear purpose, structure and goals at the very beginning. It aims to enable all participants to understand every aspect of the meeting or process, which creates the security of a common ground to start from. The acronym stands for Intention, Desired Outcome, Agenda, Rules, Roles and Responsibilities and Time.
A short activity to run early in a program, focused on sharing fears, anxieties and uncertainties related to the program theme. The purpose is to create openness within a group. The stinky fish is a metaphor for "that thing that you carry around but don’t like to talk about; but the longer you hide it, the stinkier it gets." By putting stinky fish (fears and anxieties) on the table, participants begin relate to each other, become more comfortable sharing, and identify a clear area for development and learning.
A team-building activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to move from one end of a space to another. It requires working together creatively and strategically in order to solve a practical, physical problem. It tends to emphasize group communication, cooperation, leadership and membership, patience and problem-solving.
This workshop aims to help participants define, decide and achieve their goals. By supporting participants to envision where they want to be in a number of years on a holistic level, and defining the steps that will take them there, participants get a clearer picture of the action they need to take.
This exercise is useful for bringing groups together, to create interpersonal bonds, and to build trust. Participants stand opposite each other and have 30 seconds to give appreciative feedback to the other person. The group rotates until everyone has given feedback to everyone else. It is often used as part of wrap-up activities, to create an energized feeling to leave with.