Metaphor mapping builds high performance teams, fast!!
Metaphor Mapping Builds High-Performance Teams, Fast!!Solve a problem while you build a team!Team-building involves establishing caring and constructive and helping behaviors that further agroup’s objectives. Those behaviors and the resulting group effectiveness are called teamwork.If you want to build a team and teamwork, focus on something critical to their objectives. Have thegroup address items like:Showing how they fit into their environment. Who are the stakeholders in their success? Whatvalues guide them? What problems or competitors are they facing? What are the groupsrelationships with others?What do they do? Define the components of their work and how they fit together. What doesn’twork well? Why? What’s their vision of how they want their work to flow? Where will the benefitsbe visible?Explore the “soft side” of their interactions and reach group agreement about roles and behaviorsPlan a project or set of actions, such as how to achieve their vision. Establish clear responsibilitiesMetaphor languages help the group achieve all this, and make it great fun at the same time!In a metaphor language workshop, all the members are faced with the challenge of thinking inmetaphoric terms. They need help from each other to think visually and that makes them interact inlarge and small ways. Members learn the perspectives of their collaborators and how problems inone part of their work process affects others. By solving problems together, building visions andplans together, they commit to each other and take joint ownership. They’ve solved a problem and… become a team!