Anyone who has every gone fishing with children, or who has owned a pair of headphones knows that there are knots and there are KNOTS. Knots are a part of life, just like conflict. The measure of a good team member is in how they engage with conflict. In this activity, Knot or Not a Knot, team members will work together to decide if something is a knot or not. Confused yet? Uh…me neither.
- To be right. Is this pile of rope a knot or not? When both ends of the rope are pulled tight, will it end up a mess or will it pull straight?
- Convince everyone else that you are right.
- What did it take for you to convince others to join your side of the debate? What tactics tended to work, which didn’t?
- What did it take for you to be convinced to join the other side of the debate? Was the responsibility all on the convinc-er? Or did you have to engage in the conversation a different way?
- Was there ever a moment when you were too deeply entrenched in your side of the debate that it didn’t matter what the actual answer to the debate was? Why do you think that is?
- Where in your work is conflict and debate important?
- When your team is in those situations, how can you approach the debate so that the end goal is what is best for the team or organization rather than ego or status?
I look forward to the day when the challenge course can be available to help your teams reunite. Until then stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected!
Amy “Jesso” Watson
Challenge Course Manager
(503) 538-2763, ext. 105