Dates: 27th January, 3rd & 10th February 2009
Venue: Kirknewton Stables, near Edinburgh
Style: Facilitated team development
a.m. TeamWorks Out
p.m. Kinetic Connections Followed by Thinking into Action to assist in transferring learning back to the workplace
Participants: 95 in total
The morning started with setting the context and establishing the ground rules. Pre-determined sub-teams, which were created from functional groups (Counter, Finance & Facilities, Customer Services, HR, Quality & Fraud), then participated in rotational, outdoor TeamWorks Out team challenge activities around the Kirknewton Estate. After each task, teams reviewed their own performance with the assistance of the facilitation team, identifying key learning points to take forward into subsequent tasks. At the end of the morning, teams came together within their functional groups for a debrief, where common themes and opportunities for development were identified and explored.
In the afternoon, the whole group worked on Kinetic Connections, the aim of which was for teams to work interdependently to achieve a common goal – in this case the succesful construction of a giant interconnected mechanical sculpture. As the teams worked through Kinetic Connections and its allied cerebral problem solving and creative thinking tasks, it was clear they were applying the learning from the morning session.
After the explosive grand finale of Kinetic Connections, individuals and teams were encouraged to explore the implications and applications of the day through a final Thinking into Action session.
The results (“happy or delighted with”) of the collated participant feedback across the programme were as follows:
- Welcome – 97%
- Structure – 94%
- Relevance – 89%
- Quality of Presentation – 99%
- Content – 96%
- Exercises – 94%
The programme either exceeded or met expectations for all 95 participants.