Catalyst: Interactive Exercises for Team-Building and Communication

Catalyst is a fun, interactive game that helps individuals and teams to recognize their strengths and weaknesses in verbal communication. It is appropriate for any organizational level and can be used as a tool in soft-skills training, employee interviews, or company orientation.

Catalyst: Think Improvement for Line-Level Leaders, is an interactive exercise using current concepts of organizational effectiveness and success to identify individual and group strengths and weaknesses in thinking and verbal communication. It is viable for communication training, employee interviews, company orientations and team building. It promotes practical steps to improved information exchange.

Catalyst works for many reasons:

  1. It identifies individual communication strengths and weaknesses
  2. It identifies team communication strengths and weaknesses
  3. It promotes structured communication
  4. The exercises and tasks are industry/profession/trade/authority/power neutral
  5. It involves people on a personal level
  6. Participants enjoy themselves

Game Design

It is presented as two kits: A and B. Each kit contains a total of 36 tiles (2 sets of 9 pairs), embossed with adjectives relating to organizational effectiveness and success (i.e. Harmony, Synergy, Excellence, Versatile, Novel, etc.). While the game design remains the same between the two kits, the adjectives in each set cover different concepts in order to expand the application to cover a broad range of organization settings and issues.

Facilitators can implement three different exercises: two-way partner exercise, two-way partner switch exercise, and three-way partner switch exercise.

A minimum 70% of participants will make errors in the replication of tile arrangement, creating opportunities for “ah hah” learning experiences and rich discussions about diverse individual and team communication styles, strengths and areas to improve which surface post-exercise in a series of questions and analysis on the game experience.

The game is only as long as you need it to be—depending on how many of the three exercises you choose to implement, the game can take anywhere from 15–45 minutes. The design also allows for you to play with 2–12 participants.

What are you waiting for? Try Catalyst today!

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