This reflection from the V-Teamwork Teaming Essentials Program was prepared by course participant Lucy Frank. It explains what you can expect from each week of the program.
From the moment you apply for V-Teamwork, you are required to start thinking about your story, motivation and goals (learning objectives). This allows you to think about what YOU want to achieve from this immersive learning experience.
As V-Team is a program that doesn’t just deliver information, but instead promises to transform individuals experience in the workplace, you can really think about what you want to achieve so that the experience can be personalised for you.
First up, an individual coaching session is scheduled to assess your learning objectives and to help articulate them, so in the end, you can look back and have a result, based on your own goal.
V-teamwork is unique because it doesn’t tell you what you will learn. Coaches seek to understand where you are at in your career and what skills and dispositions will be most essential for you to develop.
This is what they focus on with you throughout the program. Every team member could have a different goal.
During the 1:1 coaching session, we discuss the concept of care. Understanding what we care about and what our colleagues and clients care about. If you care about the same thing and understand and acknowledge that, you can work towards the shared goal.
During onboarding week participants then set up Discord to chat with team members in a central space.
The concept of centering is also introduced.
Team Prep requires participants to schedule in all learning sessions, a total of 3 – 4 pair session and 4 group sessions. This is where the real challenge begins.
With teams working globally, across time zones, this is a true challenge that can only be overcome with communication, consideration and flexibility. This is a great way to see how your team members communicate and how willing they are to adjust their schedule to work with you. For a task that sounds seemingly simple, it can present challenges and start to show individuals working styles and dispositions.
Once scheduling is complete, all participants complete a baseline questionnaire. This will be retaken at the end of the experience.
During pre-flight, participants are required to set up Minecraft and take a tutorial. This is because we use Minecraft for the immersive and experiential learning experience.
As we play Minecraft in our teams, we are practising many skills that are used on a daily basis in the workplace, like communication and empathy, creating a plan or procedure and leading a team.
We are required to write down and share our learning goals with the group. By sharing our learning goals, others understand what we want to achieve and they can help us do this, as we can help them.
Lastly, we reflected on the scheduling exercise.
Week 1 is the first group coaching session over zoom. A chance to meet, understand each other’s positions and stories and what we all want to achieve. Again, understanding teammates goals are what helps us to provide appropriate feedback.
We then develop our own stories via a Google form.
As a (role /interaction)–
When I am in conversation with –
I want to be able to (action you want to take) –
So that (desired outcome)-
During our group coaching session, we also selected a disposition that we think aligns with us, to test that throughout the program.
Week 1 is a great opportunity to build relationships with teammates before we move into pair sessions.
During week 2 we have 3 sessions with individuals in the group. This is an opportunity to get to know each other better and to practise using Minecraft before the group session.
During the pair sessions, we practice team-learning conversations, which is an exercise that helps us ask questions and start conversations in a positive and productive way.
After the pair sessions, we were challenged to practice a team learning conversation in real life. This is one example of how you apply your learning to a real-life situation before you even finish the program.
Week 3 was our first group coaching session.
We all had a chance to lead the group and be lead. This was a great opportunity to see how we work in a team and how we work as a leader. Honest feedback was provided by coaches and other participants.
We were encouraged to share the negative/constructive feedback that could help the leader to understand their strengths and areas for improvement. This was extremely valuable as the feedback offered allowed the participant to understand more about their leadership style and how they can develop.
The virtual space was very safe and respectful, so providing this type of feedback felt comfortable.
By this point, the team learning conversations were happening more naturally and productively.
Again, we were challenged to practice a team learning conversation in real life.
Week 4 was our second and final group coaching session.
We started by reflecting on our learning from the past week.
Then we jumped into Minecraft for another round of immersive learning. Again, we all took turns at leading and being led and we all gave and received feedback from coaches and everyone in the group. Throughout the session, we continued to practice our team learning conversations.
The program ended with a retrospective group coaching call. This was a great opportunity to share our learning’s from the experience. Everyone had an opportunity to share his or her story and often, everyone related to that experience. This was very valuable.
By the end of the program, we had developed a relationship with each participant and had several stories of how we had successfully applied our learnings into the workplace.