Facilitator Learning Modules

Three S’s for Peak Team Performance

Story, Song, Symbol Workshop

There’s a process in a workshop I use developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs for assisting groups to teambuild or integrate their work. It’s called the Story, Song, Symbol Workshop.

Imagine it’s the end of the day and you’re asking the group to create a fairy tale story, an original song or lyrics to an existing tune and a logo or some other kind of drawing to represent some aspect of the work they have produced that day. Yes, it’s true they give me those blank stares and when I tell them they only have 7 minutes to do it, they look even more incredulous. However, I assure them that every group I have ever done it with has come up with fantastic results and I have great faith in their ability to meet this norm. I’ve done it with hundreds of people in the room as well as with smaller groups of 8-10 people. One hundred percent of the time, it has been amazing what the group comes up with and they get some fantastic new insights about their work. The whole exercise takes about 15 minutes.

This handout explains what this technique is, how to use it, and why it’s such a valuable tool.

Tools: Story, Song, Symbol Workshop (ICA)

Categories: Planning, Starting & Ending Meetings / Mastering Strategic Planning / Building Teams / Brainstorming and Creativity /