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Nümberg,Germany
Purposeandlearningobjectives
This activity is designed to facilitate understanding of one’s business counterparts, based on
the principle “Let them talk.”
At the end of the activity, participants will have
actively examined their personal needs in relation to working with a new set of
colleagues;
obtained a better understanding of their new colleagues.
Targetaudience
This activity targets international groups of up to 12 people who will be working together.
Time
60 minutes (plus an optional 30 minutes). For additional rounds, allow 30 minutes for stage 2.
Materialsandenvironment
One leaflet (Handout 1) per participant
Pens or pencils
Flipcharts and markers
This works best when participants are seated close together, on chairs arranged in a circle
(without tables)
Procedure
1. Distribute leaflets to participants. Ask them to individually make notes (20 minutes). In an
event held over several days, you can save time by distributing the leaflets as “homework”
on the first evening and running the activity on the second day. This has the added benefit
of allowing the participants more time to reflect.
2. For small groups of three to four participants, have the groups use their notes as a basis for
exchanging information. Group members concentrate on one person at a time, asking
questions related to the leaflets as they see fit (30 minutes).
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Option
During a training program lasting two or three days, this exchange round can be repeated
when the participants form new groups (30 minutes per round). Reflection: On flipcharts,
participants record their responses to “What I learned about working with my colleagues
from culture X” (10 minutes).
Debrief
Optional: The trainer can facilitate a group discussion, pointing out the effects these differ-
ences can have on cooperation and how participants can use their diversity for the benefit of
the team (30 minutes).
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[Handout1]
Who am I? Who are you?
Name _________________________________________
What I want you to know about me:
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What I would like others to understand about my culture:
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When I work on projects, these things are important to me:
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