The adventure starts when participants - a group of Peace Corps volunteers - are dropped into a remote location with a mission to build a bridge. Working in two teams, they must use sound communication with each other and their partner teams to complete the construction. But little do they know their teams are made up of opposing personality styles - and that’s when the real challenge begins.
Teams debrief after their first attempt at building the bridge, recognizing that certain behaviors made the task difficult to complete. Before they are asked to make a second go at building the bridge, they are introduced to the HRDQ Style Model and its four personality styles: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic. Participants learn about the strengths and trouble spots associated with each style, and discover how they can “flex” their behavior to improve interactions. Now with new skills in their pockets, they attempt the exercise yet again, this time with much greater potential for success. You’ll be amazed at the marked difference in communication between parts one and two of the game.
Trainer certification is not required to facilitate Bridging the Communication Divide. The game is delivered complete with all of the tools you need to prepare for and deliver the 3.5-hour experiential learning experience for two or four teams of four to six participants each. Most materials are reusable; additional participant workbooks and game packs are available for individual purchase.
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Uses and Applications
Bridging the Communication Divide is an excellent way to introduce, explore, and understand communication styles. Use it as a standalone 3.5-hour activity or a complement to the HRDQ Style Series assessments such as What's My Communication Style?
It's also extremely useful for:
- Intra- and inter-team development
- Supervisory skills training
- Individuals or teams experiencing communication breakdowns
- Understand the four principle communication styles
- Recognize each style's strengths and trouble spots
- Learn how communication styles are perceived by others
- Discover how to flex one's style to better communicate with others
The Bridging the Communication Divide Complete Game Kit is packed with all of the tools you need to plan for and deliver a learning experience that achieves immediate results, from a comprehensive facilitator guide and takeaway participant workbooks to reusable game parts, support materials, a professional Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, and more.