It seems like when I teach and train, the majority of stories used tend to come from the perspective of what went wrong and therefore what we should NOT do. Alignment is one of those. I ask learners what do the y think an aligned organization feels like.
What would we experience?
Darn near nobody can answer!!!
They can sure tell me what chaos feel like though. So we play the Fresh Connection and by the 3rd round of play, learners in their teams are taking a break and chattering about how cool the conversations were and how deep they were and what a wow feeling it was. After break, I ask them what their experience for the round was like and it usually is, "Wow, I wish we could do that back at work!" i ask what "that" was and nobody can really explain it. They just say it was a cool feeling. My response, ever the smarty pants is, "that was alignment you were feeling". We then try to find the words that describe it and I usually get harmony, buzz, energy, hope, possibility, and the like.
It's always an amazing experience. So I encourage you to look out for back at work is a cool experience and then sit back and reflect on why it was cool, and use that as a guide for your next work event. If you can't do that, give me a holler and come play the simulation with me. There's always room for one more!
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Chuck Nemer is a trainer/consultant with 40 years of experience in Supply Chain Management, Lean, Leadership, and APICS. He currently works with approximately 50 universities and 3000 students annually in supporting the use and play of the simulations in the classroom. Within those 40 years, he has taught, and continues to teach, professional certification classes for APICS, professional development seminars and programs on his own, and on behalf of colleges in their outreach programs to local and regional manufacturing firms.
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