Human Productivity Center

What We Can Do For You: Improve Teamwork

Pumping The Colors

This high-energy, highly engaging simulation helps participants increase awareness of how teams work, see clearly how their own behavior helps or hinders teamwork,  gives participants a model for determining what type of team structure is best for them and provides a safe forum for teams to assess their strengths and weaknesses.  Extremely energizing for new teams!  Rejuvenating for existing teams! Most importantly, it helps leaders see the crucial importance of learning effective communication skills.

The one-day session includes three simulated days (one hour each) during which the team (or teams) design and build a tri-color fluid delivery system.  Between simulated days participants are guided through structured team analysis sessions that help them examine their team process.  Simulated day three is followed by individual and group evaluation of the simulation.

Team Development

One or two days. Appropriate for all levels. Best results are achieved with in-tact teams. Using the simulation Pumping The Colors, workshops are offered that help teams understand the nature of teams, the skills needed for teams to be effective, and what kinds of decisions that teams need to make. The simulation is a compelling, hands-on experiential process that drives home the most important ideas of working in teams.

Team Building

Facilitation of sessions with the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of a team.  Pre-work includes role clarification and contract development with the team leader.  Includes data gathering (formal or informal), data synthesis and consolidation, establishment of ground rules, feedback of data, goal setting, instruction of problem solving methodologies if needed, application of problem solving and planning to meet the team's goals.

Bafa Bafa: An Intercultural Simulation

Bafa Bafa, an intercultural simulation, is a safe, fun simulation that teaches participants about the nature of cultures and how differences between cultures can cause problems. It shows participants how to watch out for their own biases and how to compensate for their own cultural “blind spots.” There should be between 16 and 40 participants for the simulation to be most effective. The class is divided into two simulated “cultures” and taught each culture’s customs, codes of behavior, and languages. There are structured cross culture experiences from which each individual and each group may learn some very important things about themselves and their assumptions.

Benefits include:

  • Increased awareness of the process of interacting with people of different cultures.  Increased sensitivity to the feelings associated with being involved with people from another culture.
  • Reduced organizational tension from intercultural conflicts. 
  • Higher awareness of what is needed for employees and managers to succeed on assignments to different cultures.

Bafa Bafa is applicable to work assignments to other countries, improving effectiveness among diverse cultures within an organization (racial, ethnic, gender, etc.), achieving collaboration among varying corporate cultures (resulting from acquisitions or mergers), or among differing work cultures (i.e. technical, sales, manufacturing, etc.).