Link Different Points of View - A Quick Conversation

Overcoming Team Differences

The U.S. railroad was started in 1862 during the Civil War. President Lincoln and Congress understood both the symbolism of connecting the country and also the need to think long term, even while the country fought within itself. The railroad removed geographic barriers, spread ideas, and introduced a new way of life – a fresh start that was badly needed. Building a railroad symbolically within a team can mean bridging together two divergent points of view, bringing new insight into a situation.

Learning Paths & Details


  • Creating a Collaborative Environment
  • Developing Critical Work Skills
  • Promoting Teamwork

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Additional Information

Need a quick solution to tackling tough workplace conversations? This one-page resource provides a topical overview/story (to be read to your team in person - as a huddle - or sent via email). An action step and discussion questions provide the framework for a customizable conversation. Easy-to-implement and designed to be used with little to no planning, these conversation triggers provide a simple model for creating great team discussion.

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