A Typical Dramatic Change Day
- 3 minute read -
Dramatic Change provides a unique opportunity for teams to explore their team challenges in a safe environment. So far we have looked at “Five Common Team Challenges” and “How the Body/Brain Works”. This time we consider how it is used to dramatize individual and team challenges in real time to achieve lasting change.
There are four steps to this approach:
1. The Warm-up: This involves clarifying individual and team objectives and then using “fun” exercises designed to establish rapport, generate energy; encourage creativity and risk-taking.
2. The Action: It is natural for this to start with a narrative explanation, but the essence of the process is to move from talking about it to portraying it in real time. This includes using chairs, tables etc. to create an accurate representation of the work area in which the action normally takes place. Other team members take up their real roles and behave as they would normally do in this situation. We have recently adapted this approach so that it can be used in our new world of “social distancing”.
To ensure the accuracy of these behaviours and that there is no “acting” going on, the action is stopped regularly and checked out with other team members. The scene is then developed using techniques designed to clarify unexpressed inner feelings and emotions eg hopes, fears, expectations etc., which can then be incorporated into the action.
3. Sharing: This is the time when the team physically moves away from the Action area and considers what has been learned. both by the individual subject involved and the rest of the team. The team is reminded that the Subject has shared a very difficult (maybe personal) part of him/herself and is therefore vulnerable. So, rather than give us an “analysis”, it is more appropriate to avoid expressions of opinion by asking each team member how the Subject’s problem has touched them, with a question like: “What have you experienced that relates to his/her situation?
4. Closing: This is about re-entry. How will the Subject and the rest of the team adapt what they have learned to achieve overall improved team performance.
This process is then repeated for each team member, so that by the end of the session, the team leaves with clear action plans for Dramatic Change in their performance.
Read more about Dramatic Change and the alumni-driven story of its creation here.