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A versatile workshop for personal assessment and action planning, in which participants use the SWOB model (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Barriers) to assess themselves, reflect upon key areas for development and create a concise action plan. It includes an interactive component, in which participants work in small groups coaching each other to make their action plans as clear and achievable as possible.
Participants do a “SWOB” analysis on themselves, identifying their main Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Barriers that might stand in the way of strengthening weaknesses or seizing opportunities.
This first step is done individually, around 20 mins. Participants should try to write down as much as possible.
Based on the SWOB analysis, participants reflect on the question: What are the development areas that I would like to focus on? If doing this exercise in the context of a program or course, ask participants to also think about: Why did I apply to this course? What do I hope to get out of this experience?
Participants identify 3-5 development areas each. Working individually, they make notes based on questions such as:
Participants complete this step individually for about 45 mins.
Participants get together in groups of three and share their development reflections with each other. Participants in the small groups support each other by asking open questions to help make each development wheel as clear, valuable and doable as possible, and that the challenges are the right level, etc.
Based on what each participant shares and how the conversations go, the group may also come up with an additional area for the participant to develop – something else that they see/think/feel could be valuable for this person.
Groups of three, around 40 minutes per person including questions and feedback for the others.
Close the session with a check-out, in which participants share impressions, thoughts and feelings that they leave with.
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 to 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.