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Interpersonal – The I in the GRPI Model

The geese flying south trust each other to spell the lead goose when needed, that the lead goose won’t stay for too long or too short a time, that at a certain point they’ll all need to rest and eat in a safe place before continuing on. And they give each other feedback – you can hear it often. They trust each other and communicate openly. Teams that have successful interpersonal relationships know the individual strengths of members on their team, care about each other as people, make and keep commitments with each other, and take the often difficult actions that establish mutual trust.  The interpersonal relationship piece is an elusive (and often forgotten) part of the GRPI tool. When people do care about each other as people and know that they’re cared about as well, teams become very strong and very durable in the face of adversity. Quixote Consulting’s GRPI Team Quest helps teams explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities.

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GRPI Team Quest: GRPI model and team development tool

The GRPI model is a tool used by teams to increase the effectiveness of their team development, for better project management and many other areas. Developed by Richard Beckhard, the GRPI tool is simple enough to be memorable with enough depth to be useful again and again in a variety of situations. If your team is lost in the weeds, the GRPI model helps team members reconnect with a common purpose and realign with what’s most important for you all. GRPI stands for: Goals Roles Process Interpersonal Quixote Consulting uses action learning to explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities. These team building activities allow teams to go down the GRPI checklist and self-assess their performance. Each of these team building activities is collaborative, with multiple rounds to help teams improve their performance using the GRPI model. All of the activities are also perfect for systems thinking and six sigma ‘lean’ team building. Get a GRPI on your team’s development and go from ‘Good to GRPI’ on the next project your team manages! GRPI Team Activities to Experientially Explore the GRPI Model Some examples of action learning business simulations the GRPI model can be explored experientially are below. On Target Quixote Consulting’s most popular collaborative team building activity In this multi-round activity, the group is separated into smaller groups and given a task: deliver a maximum number of balls into specific buckets within strict time deadlines in the midst of a rapidly changing environment. As the activity progresses, the participants find that they must challenge their own assumptions about competition, problem solving, and “the way it’s always been done,” in order to reach their goals. Innovation, team collaboration and team communication skills are honed in our most popular collaborative team building activity! Picture This You have some of the information but can you communicate what you know? Who will see the big picture? Each person gets images that are part of a larger sequence. Together the group must decipher the sequence and get the images laid out in order without any person seeing anyone else’s images while the clock ticks! Will the group see the big picture in time or will they get bogged down in details…or worse yet, fail to notice a crucial part of the image in time? This complex verbal communication skill builder has a powerful “aha” factor that makes the grand unveiling unforgettable! Make the Connection This puzzling challenge requires the whole group to collaborate and communicate – quickly. Twenty five pieces link in innovative ways. Can you make the connection? This collaborative team building activity challenges groups to communicate with impact, listen actively, foster teamwork and collaboration and get engaged – quickly. Sharing Best Practices: The Big Info Swap Two sub-teams must work to achieve success in two separate activities; however, each team’s success is directly connected to their abilities to share their best practices with the other team. This collaborative team building activity challenges groups to not only collaborate in small groups but actively collaborate and root for other departments in their company. Aces High This giant card game has everyone on the move and communicating quickly. Incredible times are achieved as teams compete head-to-head. The challenge is doubled for a wild finish in a collaborative grand finale! This team building activity challenges groups to realize how compelling and exhilarating it can be to collaborate when given a challenging deadline. Better Get Better In this high-energy, collaborative team building exercise, teams are given a task with a tight deadline. They must develop and improve a solution through successive attempts. As the activity progresses, participants find that they must assign roles, clarify rules, and find ways to improve their scores repeatedly. They also learn from watching other teams, and must decide whether competition or collaboration with others will achieve their goals more effectively. Practical and Applicable At Quixote Consulting, we know how important it is for any new training knowledge to be practical and applicable. That’s why we put such great emphasis on immediate and realistic application. Participants leave with a plan in place for employing their new skills in the coming week and beyond. Energetic and Fun We also know that people respond best to presentations that are energetic, interactive and fun. There is always laughter in the session. And the unique methodologies we employ definitely help – we’ve used the modalities of chocolate and even wine pairing to explore the workshop content. Any of our fun team building programs can be easily combined with this workshop to create that magical mix of meaningful fun. The Best of the Best Quixote Consulting’s research team gathers the latest management and leadership research and sifts through that impressive collection of knowledge and wisdom. We then distill what we’ve found into what is most important, memorable and applicable to you and your team. In short, we do the work so your people can benefit the most. Lasting Impact Participants walk away from the session with practical understanding of how the GRPI model is a tool that can be immediately applied to their individual work situations, as well as a vision of the powerful productivity possible in a team that recognizes and leverages all team members’ strengths using the Goals Roles Process Interpersonal model. We stretch our time together (and your training dollars) by including (optional) pre-workshop assignments, post-event success tools and coaching. Customization We customize key components of the workshop to ensure that you get the right material to the right people at the right time, maximizing the return on your investment. We take into account your unique team situation and your desired outcomes. Results Gain a deep understanding of the powerful GRPI model Learn how to use GRPI as a tool for project management, team development, personal development and more Achieve clarity in team goals, roles, processes and improve interpersonal relationships Explore the GRPI model in a series of interactive business simulations Participate in a brainstorming session using one of your own current business challenges using the GRPI model as a guide Formats Available: Half-Day Workshop One-Day Workshop Two-Day Workshop We also recommend: Individual coaching to maximize the effectiveness of your training investment Fun Team Building events  all of which are designed to explore the training material in an enjoyable, interactive setting Quixote Consulting’s GRPI […]

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Process – The P in the GRPI Model

You hear geese flying south long before you see them. They’re constantly communicating with each other – it’s a very efficient process. I don’t know what they’re communicating, but it clearly works very well. They don’t stop mid-flight to argue about directions, who’s going to make decisions or deal with internal conflict. I’m sure it comes up for them in some manner, but they clearly have an elegant, simple process that allows them to deal with it when it does come up. Standardized processes for teams have the same benefit. Successful teams have clear (and frequent) communication, constructive ways of dealing openly with inevitable conflict, as well as elegant processes for group decision making. Noel Tichy found unclear process to be the third most important cause of group conflict. Quixote Consulting’s GRPI Team Quest helps teams explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities.

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Roles – The R in the GRPI model

The goal is clear for the geese flying south. So are their roles. They each take turns at the front, the most challenging position in the flock. The other geese tuck in behind in each other’s slipstream, drafting each other to conserve strength. The lead goose neither stays too long or too briefly in this lead role. He or she doesn’t worry about perceived authority or hierarchy – if you’re fresh and have energy from resting, you’re going in the front. When you’re tired, you’re getting helped. Clear roles let people on the team know who’s doing what and who is responsible for what. People know for sure who has authority to do what (authority that’s based on expertise and talents, not hierarchy), who’s accountable for completion of specific tasks. Noel Tichy found that this is the next most common cause of group conflict after unclear goals. Quixote Consulting’s GRPI Team Quest helps teams explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team buil

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GRPI Model: An Introduction to the GRPI Tool

The GRPI model is a tool used by teams to increase the effectiveness of their team development, for better project management and many other areas. Developed by Richard Beckhard, the GRPI tool is simple enough to be memorable with enough depth to be useful again and again in a variety of situations. If your team is lost in the weeds, the GRPI model helps team members reconnect with a common purpose and realign with what’s most important for you all. GRPI stands for: Goals Roles Process Interpersonal Goals – The G in the GRPI Model Imagine a flock of geese flying south for the winter. You hear them first and search for them up in the sky. There, high overhead they are in a V formation or long line, heading south in a clear direction. Their goal is clear. They know where they are going. They don’t know what they’ll encounter along the way, but their inner GPS has the destination programmed in. Goals give direction to a team, and to an individual. This is the first step for any successful venture, to have a common target, to know who you are and where you want to go. Noel Tichy also says that unclear goals are the cause of 80% of team conflict. If a goal isn’t clear (and agreed on by everyone on the team), there isn’t much hope of success. Gallup’s Q12 survey of employee engagement begins with: “Do I know what is expected of me at work?” Goals are where it all begins – the first and most important step. Quixote Consulting uses action learning to explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities in GRPI Team Quest: GRPI model team development and team building activities.

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“There’s gonna be a big hootenanny…” Bill Byrne on Collaboration, Music and Having a Top 40 Hit

Bill Byrne is a renaissance man: a lawyer, judge, mayor (of Morgantown, West Virginia) and musician with a Top 40 song. He’s packed a lot of living into his life. He also tells a great story. I caught up with Bill at a Hero’s Journey Foundation weekend retreat where we played a lot of music together. Listen below to learn how Bill was able to move from competition to collaboration in law and politics, what it’s like to have a Top 40 hit as a teenager, what it’s like to be the family musician, and simply enjoying the act of playing music. You can also hear Hootenanny – his Top 40 hit from the summer of 1963 with his band the Glencoves – both the original version (thanks to YouTube) and a special solo acoustic version recorded just for you. The words are also below if you’d like to sing along. Listen and enjoy the Mayor of Morgantown’s musical story! Listen here: The journey from competition to collaboration Bill’s Musical Journey “It’s always brought out a better part of me” – On being the family musician Letting Go of Perfectionism and Just Enjoying the Act of Making Music Hootenanny solo acoustic version Check out the songs on YouTube: Hootenanny Here are two other songs by Bill’s band The Glencoves: It’s Sister Ginny’s Turn to Throw the Bomb Devil’s Waitin’ (On Bald Mountain) Sing Along at Home! Here are the words to The Glencoves Top 40 hit Hootenanny: There’s gonna be a big Hootenanny, hootenanny Everybody’s gonna come along All join in at the Hootenanny, hootenanny Sing a hooting, hollering song Put on your hat Put out the cat Bring a little money Cause you might need that Throw out the blues Kick off your shoes Sing a little, sing a little Make a little love a little Bring a little honey to The hootenanny, hootenanny Everybody’s gonna have a date Hurry hurry, hurry to The hootenanny, hootenanny We don’t wanna be late You get the girls I’ll get the car Bring a banjo and an old guitar Get out the spoons You know the tunes Hey diddle diddle with A fiddle in the middle If you can’t fiddle At the hootenanny, hootenanny Play a little paper and comb Once you get to the Hootenanny, hootenanny You’ll never wanna go home You get the girls I’ll get the car Bring a banjo and an old guitar Get out the spoons You know the tunes Hey diddle diddle with A fiddle in the middle If you can’t fiddle at the Hootenanny, hootenanny Play a little paper and comb Once you get to the Hootenanny, hootenanny You’ll never wanna go home You’ll never wanna go home You’ll never want to go home

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Can you commute collaboratively?

Collaboration is powerful, but does require practice. Every day offers endless opportunities to be looked at from a collaborative view. I invite you to try this team collaboration tool on your way to and from wherever you’re commuting today and tomorrow. Ask yourself: “How would I drive or travel differently if the object for all of us on the road is to get to our destination safely and in a good, relaxed mood?” Now travel that way. See how traveling collaboratively changes your day, your mood and your energy. Extra credit – commute with someone! Car pool or travel on the train or subway with someone you like or would like to know better. And if you car pool, you’re collaborating to help the quality of our home – the big blue ball we all share together, collaboratively. This post is the last in a series that explores how team collaboration leverages the power of purpose for you and your team. Rob Fletcher, founder of Quixote Consulting, answers common questions about collaborative team work and collaborative team building and provides some great ideas for activities for helping you unleash the power of purpose by making your team more collaborative. We hope you’ve enjoyed this series and stay tuned for more! Quixote Consulting offers a wide variety of exciting programs for team building collaboration: Collaborative Charity Bike Build – Combine the power of collaboration and charity team building to build bicycles for children in the world’s only fully collaborative charity team building event. Team Quest – Teams complete a customized series of challenges through collaboration and communication. Roller Coaster – Innovation rules as you utilize all materials you can access to design and build the world’s most exciting roller coaster. Crossing Chocolate Bridges – What better way to hone communication skills than with chocolate? Pipeline – Teams build a device that will transport a maximum number of marbles up to 50 feet! Virtual Team Quest – Examine the unique pitfalls virtual teams face and learn how to overcome them in a series of interactive challenges.

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Three Tools for Building your Collaborative Team

The next time you are together in a team, try out on or all of these three team collaboration tools. 1. Set Clear Goals Together. Set a clear, ambitious goal with lots of measurable steps to progress. Leave the path to get there undefined while using people’s passion as the fuel to get the team there. 2. Rethink how you do what you do. Look at ‘the way things are done’ now. What can you easily change so that you’re doing things together, not putting too much or too little on anyone’s shoulders, not duplicating efforts and not pitting anyone on the team against each other? 3. Practice everywhere. Practice formally as a team, informally together and on your own. Practice all the time, every day. Celebrate successes and grow from mistakes. I highly recommend a Quixote Consulting collaborative team building program. The results will stay with you for a long, long time after the actual day of the event. And it provides that valuable story to refer to, one of the main keys to influencing. See below for a list of collaborative team building programs available. This post is part of a series that explores how team collaboration leverages the power of purpose for you and your team. Rob Fletcher, founder of Quixote Consulting, answers common questions about collaborative team work and collaborative team building and provides some great ideas for activities for helping you unleash the power of purpose by making your team more collaborative. Quixote Consulting offers a wide variety of exciting programs for team building collaboration: Collaborative Charity Bike Build – Combine the power of collaboration and charity team building to build bicycles for children in the world’s only fully collaborative charity team building event. Team Quest – Teams complete a customized series of challenges through collaboration and communication. Roller Coaster – Innovation rules as you utilize all materials you can access to design and build the world’s most exciting roller coaster. Crossing Chocolate Bridges – What better way to hone communication skills than with chocolate? Pipeline – Teams build a device that will transport a maximum number of marbles up to 50 feet! Virtual Team Quest – Examine the unique pitfalls virtual teams face and learn how to overcome them in a series of interactive challenges.

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Three ways to practice team collaboration on your own anytime, anywhere, with anyone

Team collaboration doesn’t need a team in place and all together for you to practice a collaborative approach. Here are three ways to practice anytime, anywhere, with anyone. 1 – All on the Same Team Imagine that your co-workers are on the same team, your kids are on the same team, your spouse is on the same team, that annoying neighbor is on your team too. You all chose to be near each other for some reason, some common value that you hold. Tease that out and use it as a touch-point and rallying cry. 2 – May This Be of Benefit Prelude any activity – a phone call, meeting, email, a meal you’re making with this aspiration: “May this benefit and uplift me, all of the people involved, and all of life.” Lofty? Yes, but a real game changer when you’re grumbling about doing the laundry or meeting another ridiculous deadline at work. 3 – Just Like Me Try this little observation: Every person you see today, remind yourself, “This person, just like me, wants to be happy.” Because it’s true. This post is part of a series that explores how team collaboration leverages the power of purpose for you and your team. Rob Fletcher, founder of Quixote Consulting, answers common questions about collaborative team work and collaborative team building and provides some great ideas for activities for helping you unleash the power of purpose by making your team more collaborative. Quixote Consulting offers a wide variety of exciting programs for team building collaboration: Collaborative Charity Bike Build – Combine the power of collaboration and charity team building to build bicycles for children in the world’s only fully collaborative charity team building event. Team Quest – Teams complete a customized series of challenges through collaboration and communication. Roller Coaster – Innovation rules as you utilize all materials you can access to design and build the world’s most exciting roller coaster. Crossing Chocolate Bridges – What better way to hone communication skills than with chocolate? Pipeline – Teams build a device that will transport a maximum number of marbles up to 50 feet! Virtual Team Quest – Examine the unique pitfalls virtual teams face and learn how to overcome them in a series of interactive challenges.

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When was a peak moment of team collaboration for you?

Happiness research as well as the strengths and Appreciative Inquiry fields all tout the benefits of recalling past peak moments. Here’s you chance to recall a peak moment of team collaboration. Think of a time when you were part of a team that exceeded expectations while there was a feeling of cohesion, of mutual caring and respect among team members. Perhaps a time that you felt energized, fulfilled and most effective-when you were able to accomplish even more than you imagined, or just a sweet, quiet moment of experiencing how delicious life can be. I invite you to look beyond work if you’d like. Many experiences come from within the community, family or other personal relationships. You may also want to farther back to school years or childhood. If thinking of such a big ticket item is overwhelming or annoying to you, how about a personal best moment from this past week? What was your favorite moment from last week? Still too big ticket? How about today? There are wonderful experiences to be found in the small and humble moments as well. Notice the emotions associated with this peak moment and also the facts of the situation. Let the emotions and the facts both be blueprints for the team you’re on right now (and we’re all on a team). This post is part of a series that explores how team collaboration leverages the power of purpose for you and your team. Rob Fletcher, founder of Quixote Consulting, answers common questions about collaborative team work and collaborative team building and provides some great ideas for activities for helping you unleash the power of purpose by making your team more collaborative. Quixote Consulting offers a wide variety of exciting programs for team building collaboration: Collaborative Charity Bike Build – Combine the power of collaboration and charity team building to build bicycles for children in the world’s only fully collaborative charity team building event. Team Quest – Teams complete a customized series of challenges through collaboration and communication. Roller Coaster – Innovation rules as you utilize all materials you can access to design and build the world’s most exciting roller coaster. Crossing Chocolate Bridges – What better way to hone communication skills than with chocolate? Pipeline – Teams build a device that will transport a maximum number of marbles up to 50 feet! Virtual Team Quest – Examine the unique pitfalls virtual teams face and learn how to overcome them in a series of interactive challenges. Rob Fletcher, founder of Quixote Consulting (www.quixoteconsulting.com), the nation’s premier team building and professional development company, is an award-winning author, speaker and consultant. His work incorporates positive psychology and fun modalities such as music, chocolate, wine, food, and philanthropy into team building and training sessions. In the last twenty years, Rob has worked with more than 200 companies, helping over half a million people with his dynamic and positive strengths-based team building message.

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