Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Multi-National Leadership Development Program - Team Building for Organizational Leaders

Multi-National Leadership Development Program
This program was developed for a small group of global leaders within a manufacturing organization.
The program was created to complement their week long leadership development program.
The Leadership program was developed with a focus on inter and intra personal leadership and team development skills, with a focus on Global Communication and Collaboration.
For the global leaders to be their most effective and productive for themselves and the organization a focus on Leadership relation building, as well as the ability to analyze peoples’ skill and decisions made while in action are necessary.

This training will be in complement to other leadership development components that the participants will experience.
All facilitation, language and initiatives will be customized to envelope and strengthen the existing Organizations Leadership Training Curriculum.
The objectives include;
- Enhanced Leadership Capabilities; with an emphasis on collaborative skills with other Global Leaders
- Participants to gain skills in self-reflection of behaviors and choices as well as how these behaviors and choices affect teams.
- New techniques and skills for team motivation and increased team effectiveness
- Fun!

Below is the Leadership Development Program Overview;

Each team member is supplied with a piece of 1-1.5 foot long piece of PVC piping and a small ball. The group is challenged with rolling the ball in the piping around the entire circle in the fastest time possible.

This will serve as an opening activity for the group.
Gutterball offers insights into the needs that different team members have for information and detail, how people like to work in either structured or unstructured approach to problem solving and change.
As well as how quickly and slowly people are willing to move ahead with a plan based on how much they know and understand about the solution.

Rope ‘Cuffs
This is will be a 2 round activity.
Round 1 - participants will be placed with a partner both partners will be interconnected with ropes. The object is to get free from your partner without taking the ropes off of your wrists.
Round 2 - Once everyone has mastered the separation from a partner we will connect the entire group using the rope ‘cuffs. The challenge is now a team challenge of not only getting free also getting your entire team to be successful and to complete the task under a time constraint.

The concept of working through a problem that seems to have no obvious solution is a valuable work skill. Creative, outside the box thinking is required. Retracing the steps between the initial formation of the puzzle, and finally solving the puzzle, provides a roadmap for future investigations and solutions to other problems.
Rope ‘Cuffs explores the leadership team communication process to direct reports and those that are being led.
Additionally a focus will be placed in the shared leadership amongst the group.

Key Punch
The team is challenged with solving a problem they are physically removed from. They must touch a sequence of numbers and letters in the fastest time possible. Keypunch is used effectively in exploring quality problems from a leadership perspective; it is uniquely suited to this content since the participants are physically removed from the “problem” during the activity.

The participants will be asked to diagram and chart the defects in the analysis of the sequential touches. The participants will use data gained from the Key Punch to chart their progress and then problem solve the causes for a slow cycle time and defects per round.

The Great Nail Puzzle
Small teams are must balance 13 nails on the head of a single nail sticking out of a block of wood.
We will present this activity as a think tank process. The group will be divided into teams of 3. Each sub group will be provided with one nail puzzle. The sub groups will have 5 minutes to experiment and come up with a plan for successful completion of this project.
We will pull all groups together and discuss our small groups’ ideas for completion. Then the group must agree on a plan and complete the challenge as one team.

Lycra Tube
Following lunch the participants will engage in a high energy activity.
The Lycra tube is a piece of Lycra fabric sewn into a large circle.
The participants will be led through initiatives using this tube that vary from trust and empathy to just FUN!

Circles of Influence
The leaders will be separated into 3 Global locations.
Each small leadership team must acquire resources and capital for their global region.
The leaders can choose to fight and steal internal resources and not dialog about an effective negotiation strategy or they can realize that they are one Organization and develop the most effective strategy for Success.

Negotiation is an issue that needs a good activity for practice. This activity was designed to drop leaders immediately into a situation with many possible solutions and approaches. The perceived inequities and the time pressure create a rich arena for experience and discussion

The group is challenged to replicate a workplace environment. Although instead of making high quality products to be delivered to customers they are using mousetraps that must be arranged according to strict customer guidelines.
The team will be given tools (spoons, plates, mousetraps) and have time to delegate their responsibilities amongst team members for success.

In processing the leadership team will explore how they created team goals, as well as what accountability structure was utilized to deal effectively with successes and failures.

The Path to Enlightenment
The group is shown a large grid and handed the “Path to Enlightenment” Riddle.
The team must decipher the code and cross the entire team through the grid following the “Path to Enlightenment” Riddle.

With the Path to Enlightenment a focus on leadership language and communication to those we lead is focused. The riddle serves as the guidelines that are set forth by leadership. Often these guidelines are confusing to many people, especially those who are of different cultures and location (Globally and Physically) than the leader.
Exploration of;
Global leadership Communication
Internal leadership communication
Comprehension of messages sent
Interpretation of messages received

Puzzle Connection
(2 teams that act as one) the group is shown a puzzle they must complete switching jobs and locations.
Practice problem solving and communication skills; increase the understanding of the need for constant communication between existing teams.
We will end with this powerful and challenging activity. This will be a culmination of the day and have the participants focus on collaboration and decision making as leaders.

GoodBye Sudden Survey
This activity involves all participants collecting and sharing useful information about what they have learned, how they planned to apply it, and how the workshop can be improved.

The group will be split into 4 teams; each team will have a question pertaining to the Leadership Development day. The entire group will have a limited time to gather information from all the participants, analyze the data, and present the data to the other groups.

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-Michael Cardus is the founder of Create-Learning-Team Building, an experiential based training and development consulting organization, as well as a blogger for TeamBuilding NY. Mike specializes in team development and leadership development consulting and training, creating team-building programs that retain talented staff members, increase production and effectiveness of your team. He lives in Buffalo, NY, and travels to you to serve your team-building and leadership training needs, wherever and whenever fits your schedule.