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Training Activities Package

Training Activities Package

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A package of over twenty activities designed to encourage longevity of skills. Use this activity bundle to support skill development and to help turn appropriate actions into habits for maximum long-term impact.

Topic: Training Activities Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Team Builder or Retention Aid, Training Activities, Training Ideas
Seek Transformation - A Quick Conversation

Seek Transformation - A Quick Conversation

For weeks after birth, a caterpillar eats continuously; growing nearly 100 times its initial size before it spins itself into a chrysalis. Within the chrysalis, the caterpillar’s robust body completely breaks down into a DNA soup, where it takes several more weeks to reform into a beautiful, adult butterfly. Like the foraging caterpillar, a team spends time nourishing their group culture in order to prosper. However, in order to evolve even further, there comes a time when even the strongest teams need to break down and transform their fundamental team roles, structure, processes, goals, and vision in order to grow.

Topic: Teamwork Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Change, Collaboration, Discussion Trigger
Accurate Communication - A Quick Conversation

Accurate Communication - A Quick Conversation

In New York, taxi means a “black and yellow,” in India a “rickshaw,” in Thailand a “tuk tuk,” and in Haiti a “tap tap.” Travelers in foreign countries can be very surprised by another culture’s definition of taxi. Therefore, even with the most common of words, understanding the context in which that word is used is critical to understanding the significance behind what is being said, whether communicating across the world or across the hall.

Topic: Communication Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Acknowledge Vulnerabilities - A Quick Conversation

Acknowledge Vulnerabilities - A Quick Conversation

Hermit Crabs live in empty seashells. As they grow they have to find larger shells to move into. In the search for a new shell, the crab is particularly vulnerable to predators. When organizations undergo growth and change, such as becoming more diverse, it often challenges employees to grow in new ways. Just as the crab feels vulnerable when it changes shells, employees in this time of transition may feel particularly susceptible.

Topic: Collaboration Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality Other Topics: Communication, Discussion Trigger, Reducing Stress (Work & Life), Teamwork
Adapt to Encourage Growth - A Quick Conversation

Adapt to Encourage Growth - A Quick Conversation

Whales possess the ability to adapt what they hear and then make it their own. Adaptive communication is a skill that is also critical to organizational growth. Keeping something the same just “because this is the way we have always done it” hinders an organization from innovating and progressing.

Topic: Communication Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Adversity Creates Inspiration - A Quick Conversation

Adversity Creates Inspiration - A Quick Conversation

When diverse teams come together, there can be conflict if there is a lack of understanding and trust among team members. When there is a lack of trust, the team is fighting its differences instead of embracing them. When teams embrace the challenges that come with differences, the differences can be leveraged for inspiration and growth.

Topic: Communication Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Build a Foundation for Growth - A Quick Conversation

Build a Foundation for Growth - A Quick Conversation

Navel oranges are neither native to Florida nor a natural tree. Navels are a graft of two citrus trees, the root stock and the bud wood. Both these parts contribute different, but essential resources that are necessary in order to produce sweet oranges. Oftentimes, behind the scenes tasks are overlooked as being nonessential; however, they are a vital component to the health and productivity of the team.

Topic: Diversity Dynamics Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Build an Army of Many - A Quick Conversation

Build an Army of Many - A Quick Conversation

When teams are working together, there are many roles that are vital to the success of the team, and yet, they are not visible to most people. When building effective, inclusive teams, create the opportunities to utilize the contributions of all team members in accomplishing team goals. Take time to stop and acknowledge the work done behind the scenes to accomplish team goals.

Topic: Teamwork Learning Path: Leadership Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Communication
Build On The Collective Effort - A Quick Conversation

Build On The Collective Effort - A Quick Conversation

The survival of a hive of honeybees is dependent upon the collaborative and collective efforts of every bee. The work of the hive is divided into specific tasks, each with designated worker bees. Only when every bee is doing its work can the hive stockpile the honey needed to survive the cold winter. A company is like a beehive that depends upon the collective effort of all of its employees. It is critical that each employee understands their role and how it contributes to the success and of the company.

Topic: Collaboration Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Communication, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Challenge What Needs To Be Changed - A Quick Conversation

Challenge What Needs To Be Changed - A Quick Conversation

There are times when faced with the choice of following the rules or fighting for a principal such as equality, that a fight against the rules is the right action to take. When working in a diverse environment, pay attention for opportunities to fight for the principal of inclusion instead of following the unspoken rule of “that is the way it has always been done.”

Topic: Communication Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Craft Your Message With Purpose - A Quick Conversation

Craft Your Message With Purpose - A Quick Conversation

An enduring whimsical tradition that many people are familiar with is the act of placing a written message in a bottle and tossing it into the sea. The composer of the message has no idea who is going to receive the message or when they might get it -or if anyone will at all. Not knowing the end recipient of the message limits the ability to communicate with intention. Communication across differences is often done in a similar fashion.

Topic: Communication Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Create A Blueprint - A Quick Conversation

Create A Blueprint - A Quick Conversation

When constructing a skyscraper, it is of the utmost importance to have properly designed and vetted blueprints. These blueprints serve as the authoritative guide to the thousands of decisions that must be made in order to construct a working, unified building. Much like the construction of a skyscraper, the task of starting a new diversity initiative requires a carefully drawn up blueprint, or diversity strategy, that provides the ultimate vision for the company.

Topic: Discussion Trigger Learning Path: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Communication, Diversity Dynamics, Inclusion / Equity / Belonging
Create Structure to Help Bridge Barriers - A Quick Conversation

Create Structure to Help Bridge Barriers - A Quick Conversation

Foosball is a tabletop soccer game featuring players that are fixed in position, meaning that each player can only cover a predetermined area. Flexibility, adapting, or helping out are all out of the question. This lack of flexibility is similar in some ways to teams that are spread out over multiple locations or across borders, as their interactions are also limited in a predetermined way. The lack of face-to-face interaction can reduce the team’s ability to adjust and adapt as quickly as a team that is located all at one site.

Topic: Teamwork Learning Path: Leadership Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Communication, Discussion Trigger
Create Your Own Opportunities - A Quick Conversation

Create Your Own Opportunities - A Quick Conversation

When working on diverse teams, sometimes you have to create your own opportunities by putting forth new ideas, proposing collaborations, and building networks that will help accomplish your goals.

Topic: Communication Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Cultural Quick Tips - A Quick Conversation

Cultural Quick Tips - A Quick Conversation

Work forces around the world are diversifying daily. Understanding the implications of a diversified workplace or marketplace is critical for any organization. A company that lacks the ability to attract and retain diverse employees risks dulling its competitive edge. Being proactive about assessing and understanding demographic trends allows an employer to prepare for change rather than react to a trend after the fact.

Topic: Inclusion / Equity / Belonging Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Communication, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Differences Create Insights - A Quick Conversation

Differences Create Insights - A Quick Conversation

When working on teams, having a different point of view can provide powerful insight, if people feel respected enough to share that idea. If the team lacks respect for individuals then great ideas won’t be shared. Being respectful of others’ points of view is the first step to developing powerful teams.

Topic: Diversity Dynamics Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Encourage Greatness - A Quick Conversation

Encourage Greatness - A Quick Conversation

Ziauddin Yousafzai is a Pakistani educator who broke tradition when his daughter was born, by adding his daughter’s name to the family tree – the first girl in 300 years. The impact of Ziauddin’s choice to break tradition and educate girls had a global impact many years later when his daughter became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Like the rearing of a world famous daughter, creating powerful teams with high impact does not happen in a single day.

Topic: Teamwork Learning Path: Leadership Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Communication, Discussion Trigger
Explore Unchartered Territories - A Quick Conversation

Explore Unchartered Territories - A Quick Conversation

America’s best-known Colorado River explorer was John Powell, who lost his right arm in the Civil War at the Battle of Shiloh. In 1869, he started with 10 men to explore the length of the Colorado River. Three months later, six would complete their journey after some harrowing experiences. Powell returned in 1871, to map the river and to conduct geological studies. Powell inspired courage and belief in the men that he led and he never put any limitations on his abilities. While not battling white water rapids, working on diverse teams with divergent points of view, creates opportunities for a different kind of courage.

Topic: Diversity Dynamics Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Find the Missing Ingredient - A Quick Conversation

Find the Missing Ingredient - A Quick Conversation

On the surface, a desert appears sparse and desolate. The harsh conditions do not seem conducive to growth. Yet, on the rare occasions that rain soaks the desert, it becomes a plethora of color and life - often overnight. Sometimes team projects seem like a desert, as if all of the efforts are providing little visible signs of growth. And yet, when the right ingredient arrives, the program flourishes and ‘flowers’ on cue.

Topic: Collaboration Learning Paths: Leadership, Personal Performance Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Communication, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork
Focus on Communication - A Quick Conversation

Focus on Communication - A Quick Conversation

A referee’s job requires them to be an impartial expert on the game, clear headed, and capable of fairly applying the rules. During games, it would be impossible for coaches, players, and fans to make unbiased calls without a referee. Similarly, in high-pressure work environments, differences between colleagues may lead to disputes that make it impossible for them to see past their biases, resulting in a conflict or stalemate.

Topic: Communication Learning Path: Leadership Type: Activities Suggested Industry Usage: Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Office & General, Retail & Hospitality, Government Other Topics: Collaboration, Discussion Trigger, Teamwork