We sometimes have the opportunity to debrief managers and trainers on the themes of team building and how using experiential exercises can improve organizational performance. After playing, The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, we received these responses from some of these groups:
What are some benefits of experiential exercises in training and management development?
• Gets team members involved and actively learning
• Speeds Learning and generates perspective
• Can directly apply to real-world situations
• We can take others’ roles and share their feelings
• Fun – and is thus much more memorable
• Makes us more open to other people and their ideas
• It improves communications
• It is easy to see our behaviors in our play so it is easier to discuss our thinking and rationale
• It produces shared experiences
• It stimulates thinking and reflection
• It is much more memorable and engaging than lecture
• We DO things, and then we discuss our reasons and ideas
• People see themselves in the mirror
• It increases power and impact of the key ideas
What are the costs of poor teamwork to our organizations?
• Company objectives cannot be achieved
• Increased Staff costs (unnecessary politics, poor internal communication, increased turnover and recruiting costs, increased training costs, poor internal relations, decreased morale, decreased trust / increased mistrust)
• Increased Production Costs (time, increased waste, decreased innovation and efficiency, reduced quality, reduced productivity)
• Reduced Profitability (loss of customers and image)
There is nothing better than candid responses from line managers and front-line staff when talking about real work issues in the workplace.