When we first came to work with the HR department in the City of Santa Cruz, the team was fractured and relationships were strained, which was significantly impacting their performance.
With just three offsites over a period of a year this team made a complete turnaround. Lisa Murphy, head of HR reports, “We have come from a place of darkness and dreariness to light. My team thinks of themselves as a team. We are so much more creative. Productivity [is up]...we formed teams to solve issues and problems; before there was no working together.
The team credits much of their success by regularly practicing the commitments in playful and creative ways.
Book Club We meet every 2-3 weeks to discuss different chapter in the book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership.
Persona Play We play with archetypes and celebrate them in one another.
Support Through Articles We present articles that spur discussions about behaviors we most value. Sometimes this leads to discussions of workplace issues and helps us to work through those issues.
Appreciations Anonymous sticky notes with something positive are regularly displayed beneath photos of each team member to show how much we value and appreciate one another.
Enneagram We use the enneagram as a way to learn more about each other. The enneagram also helps us to understand when and why someone is operating above or below the line and how to best communicate with that person.