Create understanding during an on-going restructuring
It can be tough for employees to understand and appreciate restructuring and change. By combining the heart and the brain, this exercise motivates the individual and strengthens the common goals of your organisation.
Make a heart shape on the floor using a rope (4 meters long). Next to this, make an oval shape using another rope (3 meters long). These represent the heart and the brain. Spread out a Magnum Set around the two shapes.
Ask each participant to find a picture card that describes who they are as an employee at this workplace and what motivates them. They place their chosen card in one half of the “heart” without presenting it.
When everyone has placed their card, they take turns talking about their picture card.
Ask the employees to choose a different picture card that describes the common purpose of the workplace – that is, what they are trying to achieve as a team. They place their card in one half of the “brain” without presenting it.
Then they take turns talking about their chosen card.
In the group, you discuss the common features of the presentations. The picture cards representing common personal features should be moved to the other half of the heart. The same goes for the cards in the “brain”.
At the end of the exercise, ask the participants to consider and discuss ways of combining the heart and the brain.
In small groups of 2-3 persons, you can ask the participants to begin by doing the exercise by themselves.