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Taco Bars, Ugli Oranges, and Project Management! Oh my! November 3, 2012

Filed under: HandsOn Leadership,Lead — seattleworks @ 11:07 am
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Thursday night was the second night of the Fall 2012 edition of HandsOn Leadership. We started off the night with a quick ice breaker- participants broke into random groups of three and then had to find three things in common. Some were obvious (“we’re all women”) and some were awesome coincidences (“we’ve all been to Thailand”). Then everyone helped themselves to the taco bar and settled down to the second half of Project Management 101.

 

Carol and Mary from our awesome partners at Point B resumed the training starting off with an exercise. The project that teams brainstormed last week? A problem had arisen! It was really interesting to watch everyone’s differing approaches and opinions to the same set of information, and each team came up with a different solution.

Then Dan Lear and Sarah Field took over for Conflict Management, which was an intense hour with three different activities and a whole new set of skills. They started out by pairing people up, and asking the partners to face each other. Your goal? To convince your partner to cross to your side of the line. Some were shrewd negotiators, others made convincing arguments (what side of the room would be better in the case of an earthquake?), and others succeeded with compromise (you stand on my side for a couple of minutes, then I’ll stand on yours). Teams also went through the Ugli Orange simulation, and did a personal inventory to how they respond in conflicts.

 

We’re pretty excited to see this great group next week for the third of their four classes. Want to join HandsOn Leadership yourself? Our winter registration is now open! You won’t regret it.

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