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Building on our Strengths

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This is a brilliant workshop for newly formed teams, merged teams or an organisation looking to grow engagement + relationships. It is also excellent for teams who may have divides or some behaviours that have become apart of the culture that prevent positive collaboration or innovation.

Objectives:
• Build a compelling and accessible vision of positive team/ organisation culture for collective success
• Understand personal behaviour and that of others with greater insight.
• Build knowledge of personal strengths and those of their co-workers
• identify foundation Values for team success
• Build a working together agreement and take ownership of team attitude and acceptable behaviours
• Discover three key aspects to increasing your ability to communicate positively to enable an innovative culture with an openness to ideas and an appreciation of mistakes as a part of the journey.

Overview:
The blend of content and activities will support the group to build relationships and establish the core foundations for a positive and progressive culture.


1) Positive Culture - the research and alignment
Insight into the research and benefits of a contemporary positive culture. What does it look like and feel like?

Key elements:
Positive Emotions help strengthen our intellectual resources, physical resources, social resources and psychological resources, all of which enhance our overall well-being and team culture. Extensive research supports positive affect is critical to explaining an organisations outcomes and behaviours and specifically the impact on performance, decision making, pro-social behaviour, conflict resolution and general group dynamics.

In the workplace we need to consider the impact of our behaviour on those around us as well as ourselves.

• Positive emotion and the impact on clear thinking and building solutions
• Best mood/ Worst Mood ACTIVITY: Understand the impact of emotions. Participants select a visual to represent them in their best and worst mood and share what the visual represents.
• Understand the power of self-talk and habitual emotional language eg exhausted, stressed, irritated (drama talk)


Personal VIA character strengths
• Create an understanding of individual team member strengths – appreciate who team members are personally at their best. (VIA Character strengths)
• Participants complete an online strengths evaluation which provides a blueprint of individuals at their best and their driving force behind personal action. Core alignment provides a vital link to employee engagement, commitment, performance and decision making. This is very positive personally and a fast track to building trust and valuing difference. * Always a highlight.

VIA Strengths is the only scientifically researched strength tool that is valid across all cultures and is used in nearly 200 countries. Instigated by Martin Seligman and developed by 55 social scientists- it is herald as the most significant tool in Psychology in the last half century. Strengths use and appreciation in the workplace has a direct correlation to individual and team performance, engagement and workplace morale.

Feel free to complete a sample VIA here: http://wundertraining.pro.viasurvey.org/

• Personal insights into participants own strengths in overdrive and ‘hot buttons’. Stronger personalities in a storming phase often participate in overdrive. Participants often find this self-reflection highly insightful and relevant.
eg Judgement > cynicism
Social Intelligence > over analyzing
Love of Learning> know it all

2) Collective Team strengths
• Identify the positive culture strength within the whole collective of team members. This supports an alignment with purpose and supports the team to feel positive about collective strengths.

Develop Organisation Key Values Statements and Team Agreements

• All participants are involved in selecting the values they feel are essential to create a high performing and supportive team environment
• KJ Method- using post it notes individuals all contribute to what they behaviors they see as green post it notes- functional/ acceptable and pink-dysfunctional/unacceptable to being apart of this culture.

3)Positive Relationships with a focus on Positive communication.
An innovative culture needs to allow for contribution from all team members irrespective of role.
• Identify Active and Passive Constructive and Destructive communication. When someone comes to you with news or an idea how do you respond? Think about the ratio of positive: negative or constructive: destructive comments you , contribute as a team member.
• Making room for new team members and for all members to be able to step up and back when needed to support team development.

*suitable for teams of 10- 60+


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