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"Compass Points"

Activity

Summary

Participants gain understanding of their own perspectives and the perspectives of others in the activity. This discussion should address diversity, preferences, empathy, and awareness.

Instructional Strategies

1. Prepare the following signs and post on room walls before participants arrive.
2. Create four signs on large chart paper Ð North, South, East, West .
3. Write the following traits associated with each ÒpointÓ and leave some room for note taking:
4. North - (LetÕs do it, try new things, jump in, likes to act).
5. South - (likes to know what others are thinking and feeling before acting).
6. East - (likes to look at the big picture and possible outcomes before acting).
7. West - (likes to know the details - who, what, when, where, and why - before acting)
8. At each chart, designate a recorder, time keeper, and a spokesperson.
9. Draw attention to the four points and read them aloud.
10. Have each person select the compass point that best captures how they collaborate with others on teams
11. Participants stand at the sign they have chosen.
12. Each group has 5-8 minutes to respond to the following 4 questions:
13. 1) What are the strengths of your style? (3-4 adjectives)
14. 2) What are the limitations of your style? (3-4 adjectives)
15. 3) What should people from the other compass points know about you so that you can work together effectively?
16. 4) What is one thing that you value about each of the other three styles?
17. Take 3-5 minutes for each group to share their key takeaways

Participant Tasks

1. Notice the four charts/ compass points posted on the roomÕs walls.
2. Select the compass point that best captures how you collaborate with others on teams (North - action; South - Wants to know what are others thinking before action; East - big picture considerations; West - details first before action)
3. Stand at the sign you have chosen.
4. You have 5-8 minutes to respond to the following 4 questions:
5. 1) What are the strengths of your style? (3-4 adjectives)
6. 2) What are the limitations of your style? (3-4 adjectives)
7. 3) What should people from the other compass points know about you so that you can work together effectively?
8. 4) What is one thing that you value about each of the other three styles?
9. Take 3-5 minutes for your group to share their key takeaways.

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