learning and performance professionals we are often asked to help introduce
new corporate initiatives—such as new technologies, processes, products,
and strategies. We may help with the training programs or we may be working
with a large team of people during the execution of some new initiative as
a consultant. In either case, I often find that even though your team and
associates get excited initially about the new ideas/initiatives, there is
usually a yeah, but stage we all go through. My good friend Thiagi first
introduced me to this great activity. This activity is very empowering for
the participants. I call the frame for this activity “Overcoming
Here is how it works in general. If you like it you can click on “Overcoming
Barriers” to get a more detailed directions.
This activity is especially effective for identifying and solving problems
(barriers). Participants brainstorm possible problems/barriers they may face
in trying to implement something new. Whether you are trying to switch to
a team approach in your company or implementing a new technology, or trying
to solve a series of problems related to intercultural conflicts, this game
frame can move a group to action.
Problems/barriers are prioritized and the highest priority problems are identified.
Each problem is described on a separate envelope. The envelopes are passed
between teams and possible solutions are generated by the teams. Finally,
the possible solutions are evaluated and the top solutions are selected
for each problem. Action plans can then be prepared.
The goals for this activity are:
- to identify and prioritize
problems associated with a change or process improvement.
- to suggest
alternative solutions for removing or reducing these problems
Until next time,
Article © 2006 Darryl
L. Sink & Associates, Inc.