Ready to read minds? Being a skilled trainer might include telepathy at some point, so why not trying to use our hands as mind-lector tools? As much as you are ready because it is clear in your mind, it will be clear for somebody else that will get the message. So we went into exploring our magical powers communicating with each other through movement around the room. By following and leading with our hands, our minds and ourselves, we got ready to explore more.
That exploration came also across a paper, in which we created our profile and hang it up into the wall, ready for people to read it whenever it feels like during our time in Uzana. Reading a paper in this case to discover what it is in the minds of the other participants, what it is beyond our participation in this project. Why did we come? What are our interests and fields we work in? What we would like to improve from ourselves? What do we think a trainer should be able to do?
Within those sharings and reflections, we found ourselves lost into the sea and for that journey, we got the opportunity to think about which objects we would like to have with us. Maybe a sextant? A mirror? Some chocolate bars? A floating seat? Or maybe shark repellent? We got some time individually to prioritise the objects from a list of 15 different ones to then merge into groups and create a new list together.
Sharing different perspectives, ideas and thoughts, we ended up talking about different elements and sensitive areas of team building. Finally, we discovered the survival ranking of the objects for the coast guard and take a look at the difference from that ranking to the individual and group one. Did our mind changed during the group discussion? How we influenced and were influenced? Which steps did we take to accomplish our mission?
After discussing about how was the decision-making process within the group for the cooperative task at the sea, we came up into another situation, this time on dry land. Two brothers needed to study the same afternoon for two quite different subjects, a math exam and a music audition. How? How to approach it this time by using our problem-solving skills?
Using the Stepladder technique as a method, we reflected about possible solutions first either in pairs or individually, according to our different ways of participating into a group discussion. Right after, each participant who worked individually shared with a couple his/her possible solutions or ideas and then the couple did as well, ending afterwards into a three people discussion. Group dynamics, different styles and body language were saying much more than our words.
Time for a coffee after so much to say and share. By when we came back into the training room, we turned into two hundred-feet in the seek of colourful ping pong balls all over the room. With the verbal guidance of a leader that could see and again exploring elements as following, leading and listening to each other; the multicultural two hundred-feet were coming up with different strategies in order to reach the objectives by working collectively.
By that point, a time machine was set up for us to go back in time and space into the other two training weeks of the project. Newcomers had actually the time and space to hear about how was “TOTAL Basic” and “TOTAL Advance” from the experience of the ones that took part on it. Then, both were presented setting up a common ground from where to keep on going as a group for the week, including everybody in the process!
– Yolanda, Spain