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Team development series 2021 - Team Collaboration

Since 2014 we have been collaborating with Inkmason on their organisational and people development. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented architecture and design team with committed leadership who are determined to invest in their team development. Throughout the years, we have all experienced going through different stages of team development processes - new members arriving, some members departing, some return again, offices moved, new clients were engaged, and new marketing and new business strategies employed - what hasn't changed is the passion of design, the belief in their work and the value of their own people.

After going through all the challenges in year 2020, we reflected on what we needed for the future, and so we decided to start all over again in this year - to learn about ourselves and our team members, and to rebuild relationships again. We designed a new learning series to Inkmason with the first module covering Team Collaboration. We had our first virtual workshop with participants located in Beijing, Shanghai, Macau and Melbourne!

The focus of this workshop was to understand their current stage in the organization development journey, to understand the importance of communication, to find out their own strengths and challenges in a team communication environment, and to take a further step to synergize their works.

We know that running or participating a virtual workshop is very different from a face-to-face one, especially on keeping the participants engaged and having an interactive online environment. However this also provides opportunities for us to be creative. One of our favourite activities was to draw a picture about the team's status. This was an important part of the process because each team member shared their understanding of the team and the feeling of being part of it to grow together. Another favourite activity was called the "Golden 10 seconds" (name chosen by the team). The team had 10 seconds to input the strengths (as many as they know) about one team member in the chat box, then changed to the next team member after 10 seconds, and so on. We collected a list of strengths for the whole team and that was really fun! Everyone was fully engaged and enjoyed the game very much!

Thank you to our energetic group of Inkmason staff and our amazing co-facilitator Karen, you all worked beautifully today. Our second module will be in June. The topic will be how to present confidently.


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