Lots of laughter, lots of depth
I used this tool because I wanted to build an awareness of where everyone’s skills fitted into the team. It was also a way to reflect on individual achievements – very important in a context where everyone has come from very different backgrounds and bring such different strengths and experiences.
I started by sharing my example and then gave them 15 minutes to develop their professional journey map and 5 minutes each to share. The question was: ‘what has brought you to where you are now.’ Using it as part of the away day helped lift the energy and bond the group so we could make really good progress on the rest of the agenda.
There was lots of laughter, but also lots of depth. Out of the whole day, it was the one thing they said they took the most away from.
It became really clear to everyone that each experience was valid – even those who are very young and have less work experience have huge value to add.
As a result of the activity, we now have a list of skills within the team which we have used to help shape specialisms and work areas.
I feel the tool has helped give the team a greater understanding of each other and has sparked enthusiasm for people’s professional past, not just what they do now.