Story Sharing Exercise

Try this exercise to encourage your people to share stories that uncover more about their desires, motivations and fears. 

Ask these questions after Step 4 and Step 7 when you're using the deck. Or you could ask these questions in a weekly team meeting, or a one-to-one session you have with your people. 

 

Step one

Start by asking your people this question for one of their desired emotions: 

"Tell us about when you last felt one of your desired emotions and why you felt that way?"

As you listen to their story, here are some prompts you might ask to get people to share more:

  • Describe what triggered you to feel that emotion
  • Was it an internal trigger (something that came from you) or was it an external trigger (something that happened to you)
  • How did you act after you experienced that feeling?
  • What can you do next week to experience this again?

Step two

Ask your people this question for one of their undesired emotions: 

"Tell us about when you last felt one of your undesired emotions and why you felt that way?"

As you listen to their story, here are some prompts you might ask to get people to share more:

  • Describe what triggered you to feel that undesired emotion

  • Was it an internal trigger (something that you did that made you feel that way) or was it an external trigger (something that someone else did to you)

  • What happened when you experienced that feeling?

  • How did you overcome that undesirable feeling? How?

  • What might you do next week to avoid that feeling next week?


If you try this exercise out, we’d love to hear how you get on! Please reach out with any feedback or questions on how you might turn this type of exercise into a ritual within your organisation or team to build your culture.

The emotional culture deck

The Emotional Culture Deck is an insanely simple card based toll for structured face to face conversations about work place culture, feelings and experiences

'A Great Place To Work' Workshop

LENGTH: 2 hours

AIM: To get an understanding from our people on what they think constitutes a ‘Great place to work’. 

 

STEP ONE (20mins)

What does a great workplace feel like? 

  1. Everyone selects the top five black cards (good feelings) in the deck that represents to
    them what 'A Great Place' to Work' feels like
     
  2. Everyone selects the top five white cards (bad feelings) in the deck that represents to
    them what 'A Great Place' to Work' does not feel like
     
  3. Lay all the cards on the table
     
  4. Give out everyone three dot stickers to vote on their favourite three feelings for
    feels like (the black cards) and does not feel like (the white cards).

The outcome of step one: We will have a list of the top three things we want our workplace
to feel like and not feel like. 


STEP TWO (20mins)

How we can tell if we’re getting it right?

Part 1. People to complete the following exercises for the ‘good feelings’
and we put our answers up on Post-it notes:

  • I know our people are feeling (insert good feeling here) if I see…
  • To help our people feel (insert good feeling here) we can….
  • Our people will not feel (insert good feeling here) if I….

Part 2. People to complete the following exercises for the ‘bad feelings’ and
we put our answers up on Post-it notes:

  • I know our people are feeling (insert bad feeling here) if I see…

  • To help our people not feel (insert bad feeling here) we can…

  • Our people will feel (insert bad feeling here) if….


STEP THREE: (60mins)

Our employee experience and touch points

Everyone to write their answers on Post-it notes (5mins for each section)
and then vote for their top three things we 'could do’ with dots on the following areas:

1. Recruitment process

  • What do you like about how it currently works?
  • What don’t you like about it?
  • What are some things we could be doing to make it awesome?

2. Induction/first week on the job

  • What do you like about how we currently do this?
  • What don’t you like about it?
  • What are some things we could be doing to make it awesome?

3. Internal communications

  • What do you like about our internal communications?
  • What don’t you like about them?
  • What ideas do you have that we could be doing to make it awesome?

4. Our physical environment

  • What do you like about our environment?
  • What don’t you like about it?
  • What ideas do you have that we could be doing to make it awesome?

5. What do you wish we did to improve the following areas: 

  • Wellness
  • Flexibility
  • Pressure/Stress
  • Benefits/remuneration
  • Being ‘ONE’ team
  • Recognition
  • Development & training

Everyone then votes on their favourite three ideas for each section

WORKSHOP END

 

Emotional Culture Workshop

NUMBER OF PEOPLE: up to 30 people

LENGTH: 2.5 hours

AIM: To define the emotional culture of your team or organisation. 

 

1. Set up

Pre workshop and on the day

  • A few days before the event send the group the Emotional Culture Deck how to video and the information about why emotion matters in the workplace

  • On the day of workshop – break the group up into groups of 5. We have smaller groups to create more intimate and meaningful conversations within the larger group
  • Give each person a deck for the workshop

2. Warm-up exercise (5mins)

The icebreaker

Before you begin the main part of the workshop you can 'prime the room' by getting people to do this exercise. 

  1. Ask people to think about the previous week and what went well, what didn't go so well and how they felt last week. 
  2. Get people to pick one back card (pleasant feeling) and one white card (unpleasant feeling) from the deck that best describes how they felt last week. 
  3. Ask people to go around their group of 5 and share a 30 second story about why they felt each of those things – what caused them to experience that feeling, and what happened because they felt that way.
  4. Choose one or two people from the full group to share their stories

3. Lay the cards out
(5mins)

Show people how to lay the deck out

  1. You need people to lay the deck out using the For Employees (Gold steps) aspect of the deck
  2. Each person lays their deck out in front of them in full so they can see the bigger picture

4. My success relies on me feeling...
(10mins)

Complete steps 1-3, in small groups

  1. At the end of step three, each individual should have five black cards that represent the things they need to feel at work to be successful. 

  2. Get people to take a photo of their top 5 black cards so they have the list.

  3. Ask the entire group if anything surprised them when they heard people present their top 5 lists. 


5. Story share
(10mins)

Complete step 4, in small groups

  1. Every individual has a chance to share their top 5 with their team mates. 
  2. People will learn more about each other and their motivations, desires and fears. 

6. Table vote
(10mins)

In small groups, create the collective top 5

  1. Ask each of the smaller groups to place their top 5 black cards out on the table so everyone can see them
  2. Now the smaller groups have to work together to create a list of the top 5 for their group. 
  3. The outcome here is for the team to come up with the top 5 feelings they believe the whole team/organisation need to feel to be successful. 

7. Present to room
(15mins)

Each group shares their collective top 5 black cards

  1. Invite one person from each team to present their groups top 5 feelings
  2. Ask them to share a 30 second story that helps the wider group understand why they picked those top 5 
  3. Stick each black card up on the wall (or use The Emotional Culture Canvas here that comes with The Emotional Culture Deck Toolkit)
  4. At the end of this step you will have up to 30 different feelings up on the wall.
  5. But you may have some teams choose similar cards so you may have less
  6. Ask the entire group if anything surprised them when they heard people present their top 5 lists. 

8. Vote time
(10mins)

Now ask the entire group to vote on the top 5

  • Use the style of voting system that you prefer. 
  • You might use a dot voting.
  • Or use Mentimeter to run a digital voting system in real time
  • The outcome of this step will be an agreed list of the top 5 things that everyone one in your organisation or team want to feel at work. 

    9. I don't want to feel but might from time-to-time
    (10mins)

    Complete steps 5-7, in small groups

    1. At the end of step seven, each individual should have five white cards that represent the things they don't want to feel at work BUT might from time-to-time. 
    2. Get people to take a photo of their top 5 black cards so they have the list.

      10. Story share
      (10mins)

      Complete step 7, in small groups

      1. Every individual has a chance to share their top 5 with their team mates. 
      2. People will learn more about each other and their motivations, desires and fears.
      3. Ask the entire group if anything surprised them when they heard people present their tp 5 lists. 

      11. Table vote
      (10mins)

      In small groups, create the collective top 5

      1. Ask each of the smaller groups to place their top 5 white cards out on the table so everyone can see them
      2. Now the smaller groups have to work together to create a list of the top 5 for their group. 
      3. The outcome here is for the smaller team to come up with the top 5 feelings they believe the organisation or team shouldn't feel BUT might from time-to-time.

      12. Present to room
      (15mins)

      Each group shares their collective top 5 white cards

      1. Invite one person from each team to present their groups top 5 feelings
      2. Ask them to share a 30 second story that helps the wider group understand why they picked those top 5 
      3. Stick each white card up on the wall (or use The Emotional Culture Canvas here that comes with The Emotional Culture Deck Toolkit)
      4. At the end of this step you will have up to 30 different feelings up on the wall.
      5. But you may have some teams choose similar cards so you may have less
      6. Ask the entire group if anything surprised them when they heard people present their top 5 lists. 

      13. Vote time
      (10mins)

      Now ask the entire group to vote on the top 5

      • Use the style of voting system that you prefer. 
      • You might use a dot voting.
      • Or use Mentimeter to run a digital voting system in real time
      • The outcome of this step will be an agreed list of the top 5 things that everyone doesn't want to feel at work BUT might from time-to-time.

      14. Exercises in groups
      (10mins)

      Complete the questions in The Emotional Culture Canvas 

      • Here you will ask your teams to consider the behaviours, undesired behaviours and rituals that will reinforce the desired emotional culture
      • Give each group one of the questions from The Emotional Culture Canvas
      • Each group creates as many answers as possible for each of the emotions in your collective list. 

      15. Present to room
      (15mins)

      Each group shares their answers

      • Ask one person from each group to share the answers they came up with for their questions. 
      • Each of these answers will help you create a list of desired and undesired behaviours that you expect everyone to live by in your organisation or team
      • Use The Emotional Culture Canvas to capture the teams answers and codify your organisation or team emotional culture

      16. Wrap up challenge
      (5mins)

      The Employee Blueprint or Know Yourself Handbook

      • Share The Employee Blueprint or The Know Yourself Handbook wth every person in the room
      • Ask the to fill out the Blueprint or the Handbook in the next 7 days
      • Encourage each person to share their blueprint or Handbook with either their leader or someone in their team
      • You can get access to these tools when you buy The Duo Pack, Team Pack or Studio Pack

      Workshop end