Power Strategies Learning Event
The Power Strategies Learning Event is an experiential training exercise that can be presented and facilitated in a single afternoon.
All you need is the Power Strategies Guide and some commonly available materials.
Team Building with Strategic Planning, Problem Solving, Negotiating, Communication and Dealmaking
Power Strategies is designed to help participants strategically plan, problem solve, negotiate, communicate and deal with ambiguity –
while working as a team.
• Participants discover how they individually operate as part of a team (as a leader, follower, observer, idea squasher,etc.).
• Participants learn how these roles impact each other and play out in a collaborative setting – both positively and negatively.
• This action learning event reveals how real communication between team members is vital.
• Participants also learn how unchallenged assumptions can sabotage the best efforts.
The Power Strategies training simulation powerfully shows how unacknowledged tensions, hierarchies, and dependencies can be amplified in the heat of “battle” and lead to team meltdown.
Power Strategies will meaningfully anchor in a new understanding for your participants of what it is to be part of a team.
A working appreciation is developed for crafting mutually beneficial, win-win agreements.
Each team is given a limited portion of the materials needed to complete a series of elementary tasks.
Other teams possess critical parts – possession of which must be negotiated. Because of the purposeful vagueness of the rules, teams are uncertain whether they can negotiate. And there is no certainty that negotiation represents their best strategy for “winning.”
This exercise mimics real life workplace issues that can arise even with usually cooperative teams.
• Learning to deal with different leadership styles
• Identifying one’s own style
• Negotiating for win-win outcomes.
In the process, players must suspend their assumptions when dealing with the ambiguous rules that require creative problem solving.
After the event is complete, time should be spent processing and debriefing how each team dealt with the challenges.
How the lessons learned can be applied directly back into the workplace is an important discussion point.
Participants will learn to:
- Determine when competition and collaboration are appropriate as team-building strategies
- Examine feedback and perceptions of their individual role within the team
- Analyze the effectiveness of their team-building strategies and techniques
- Understand the power of a team and the team role within the organization
- Negotiate effectively as an individual and as a team
Expected Results for Participants:
- Understanding the team concept
- Developed awareness of decision-making and leadership
- Increased respect for individual ideas and choices
- Increased listening and communication skills
- Effective self and team evaluation
- Activated innovative and creative thinking
- Understanding of the power and importance of negotiation
- Action plan for implementation
Need assistance with implementing Power Strategies?
Marc Schwartz is available as a Facilitator for Power Strategy Events.