The offsite meeting next Mon and Tue will be the first occasion when I facilitate large scale team building activities. I have been asking around to gather thoughts and suggestions on which activities would be more applicable for the occasion â€“ not easy. To prepare better, I had my colleagues done a trial run in the office today.
Whilst I thought I already had a pretty good idea of how to run the activities, I was quite surprised to realize all the â€˜holesâ€™ when I trial-ran today. My learning is:
Â· Always rehearse (always true) â€“ especially the important occasion;
Â· During the de-brief, everyone will have the tendency to go too fast. I should leave longer â€œpauseâ€ to push for thinking, summarize the points raised by the others and asking more prompting questions. (These sound natural but when you have to do it on the footâ€¦..you are just so wary of dead air.)
Â· Help them to imagine â€˜backâ€™ the real work. Give them a specific situation e.g. â€œimagine what will happen in the office on Wed â€“ the 300 red emails on your laptop, the outstanding BCAs for you to read and support, the â€¦â€¦â€
Good luck to me in Li-Jiang!!