Lead happiness consultant Dave Keeling
loves a day out in London and so was thrilled at the chance to visit the headquarters of Elexon
, a national utilities company.
The task was to take a group of analysts and give them a 90-minute session that would develop teambuilding, resilience and above all fun. Dave lost no time in leading the group through the psychology of humour and laughter
. He showed how humour and laughter can be used to help deal positively with change and improving professional relationships and positive decision-making.
He then introduced FLIP
, a model full of simple, effective techniques which help with a range of skills including efficiency, positive language, engagement and pattern breaking. The FLIP model is designed to improve capacity to manage everyday stresses that come with the modern workplace. The session was great fun, well-received and Dave hopes that off the back of it, his ‘leccy bill’ will come down significantly (fingers crossed).
Dave’s top 3 ideas to make a team day more effective.
- Sessions should be no longer than 90mins at a stretch, after that people are just thinking about coffee, biscuits and the loo, (and not necessarily in that order).
- Fartlek the sessions (fartlek is Swedish for speed-play and basically means short sharp bursts). People retain a lot more information if they have to concentrate for shorter periods. Break the day down into 25 to 30-minute chunks of learning followed by a quick game or re-fresh. Always back-up theory where you can with some practical exercises, as this consolidates the learning and can add a lot of fun.
- Review. At the end of every session it is always useful to review what has been learned, agreed upon and, more importantly, enjoyed.