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A Forge Volunteer
A Forge Volunteer
I have done many corporate team building exercises. Rope climbing, park building seminars, personality tests with awkwardly enthusiastic people telling you that you are different and that's OK. Both at American Express in the 90s and where I am today. I need an understanding how to do it right, a better understanding of team dynamics and how to bring out our differences as strengths. How to help new and shy people feel comfortable and communicate with a team. Constructive team building that gets things actually moving. How to identify where your team is and find appropriate team builders for that place. I'm finding all those things at The Forge.

#One of the essential elements to Forge programs, classes and workshops, is the intentionally collaborative nature of everything we do with 5 yo's through to adults.

Collaboration doesn't "just happen" though. It takes intentionally creating an environment where collaboration can take place and is encouraged to take place. From where people sit in the room, to the language that happens around and with them, to the expectations of inclusion. It also takes tools.

We believe that if people have the proper tools, and practice regularly with using those tools, their ability to work in a team; to lead a team from within; and their understanding of other team members' perspectives will be greatly increased.

We use a mix of "understanding each other" tools such as learning styles (VARK), personality (Myers Briggs) and combine it with understanding of team dynamics (5 Dysfunctions of a Team; Tribal Leadership) and put it around the framework of Tuckman's Stages of Team Formation. Each team builder has a specific goal that it's trying to achieve. This intentionality is resulting in strong teams who know how to collaborate and worth through the tougher stages of team development.

If you would like to talk with us about a team builder for your corporate or organizational team, let us know. Please email: connections@theforgeinitiative.org