Uncover your employees’ individual strengths and get an overview of the combined qualities of the team.
Lay out the Dialoogle Magnum cards on the floor.
Ask all participants to choose five images symbolising their most significant personal strenghts, e.g. I am creative, I am good with routines, I am good with people. Discuss what can be perceived as a personal strength while the participants walk around looking at the images.
Ask all the participants to briefly explain their reasons for choosing one of these particular images to the group. Questions and comments are not allowed during the presentations.
When all participants have explained their choice of image, ask them to hold up their card in front of them, so that the others can ask questions or comment on them. As the moderator of the process, you may begin by enquiring about the more abstract presentations: “You are good at keeping a broad view of things. Can you elaborate on what that means?”, “You are good at keeping track of details. Try to give an example of a situation where that is an important quality.”, “You perform better under pressure. Can you give an example?”. Continue asking similar questions.
When everyone has had the opportunity to ask questions and comment, ask the participants to bring their chosen picture cards and have the group move to a different location, e.g. another corner, room or a courtyard. Ask the participants to put down their cards so you can all look at them as a whole: The combined personal qualities of the team.
Now, everyone can ask questions about images that have not previously been discussed, e.g. “Who chose this picture of a bonfire? I’d like to know more!”
Ask about the combined strengths of the team, e.g. “Are there any surprises? How do these strengths compliment each other? Are there any strengths that we, as a team, can make better use of than we are at the moment?”, etc.
Conclude with questions like: “What characterises our team when we look at these strengths? Which personal strengths are important to look for in a potential new colleague? Are these competences already represented in the team? How do we use them better?” Continue asking similar questions.
It is a good idea to allow plenty of time for the exercise.