Here’s a short exercise to start working around difficult conversations:
Preparation needed: Create a slide with a range of photos or icons people can select from.
Time needed: 20 to 45 minutes (depending on team size)
Instructions: Show the slide with icons/images people can select from. An example I have used is this photo which I purchased from Adobe Stock191
After you have heard from everyone, ask, “What have you learned about others in hearing about their selection?” Note this down for yourself. Invite people to share if they would like.
Round #2: Ask people to select another icon which represents the stance/approach they would like to take going forward. Again, have them share which icon they selected, and have them share one practical thing they will do/have conversation around.
This is a high-trust exercise and it takes time to have the conversation. Ensure that you allocate enough time, and invite people to share at the level they feel comfortable.
In closing, consider courageous conversations in your team. What are they? What does the team need to have these more regularly? What frameworks are you using as a team to create a common language and approach?
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