One of my daily jobs is to set-up collaborative workshops for my customers. These collaborative workshops are generally organized from 1 to 3 days and with a range of 5 to more than 100 participants.
One of my customers needed to reinforce the relationships within his trans-national community: his teams are based in France, UK, Germany and Spain. The Management 3.0 proposes a game named Personal Maps. This game is described by Jurgen Appelo in his book: "Managing for Happiness".
A lot of the time we work next to each other but don’t really know each other. Learning a bit about someone’s life history and even private life can go a long way in creating empathy. Personal Maps branches off from the tradition of mind maps to tell your own story. Personal Maps is composed of 8 branches:
This event (collaborative workshop) was designed on 2 days with around 70 participants. 1 year before, I’ve created an icebreaker for them where I’ve collected photography of (almost) each of the participant. I choose to introduce Personal Maps’ game as an energizer during the event. That’s why I decided to create a template (with the 8 branches of the Personal Maps’ game) customized with the photography of each of the participant. At the end, I’ve created a wall with 70 Personal Maps displayed!
This wall was kept during the entire event and all the participants received the following rules:
- Complete Personal Maps of your colleagues. If you see a blank part, go discuss with the person and find the answer!
- It is forbidden to complete own Personal Maps. But, you can help others to complete it for you!
- The participants played the game and the game generated a lot of discussion between them. It was very fruitful and the participants (i.e. colleagues of the same community but dispatched between 4 countries) have learnt to better know each other.
- The participants enjoyed this game.
- Personal Maps contribute to break barriers between people.
- Definitely, I will reuse Personal Maps!