As a group, read the following Scriptures, and use the form to do a needs analysis of the situation.
Matthew 17:14-20 Mark 9:14-29 Luke 9:37-43
- What are the main issues?
- What isn’t working well?
- What is obvious about the problem(s)?
- What pain is it causing?
- Who/what is impacted by the performance gap?
- What is it costing individuals, the team or the organization?
- What are the organizational goals that are being impacted by the lack of performance?
- (If possible, tie these in with the organization’s strategy, vision or mission.)
- What is the potential cost to the organization if the goals and outcomes aren’t achieved and the performance problem isn’t addressed?
- What is the desired performance?
- What does success look like?
- What are the expectations?
- How will we know when we get there?
- What is happening now?
- What level of performance is currently being achieved?
- What are the gaps between the desired performance and the current performance?
- Why is the gap happening?
- Who or what is responsible?
- 1. Suggest
- What do you recommend?
- Who should do what by when?
- 2. Select
- Typically done by key leaders or stakeholders.
- 3. Start
- Typically done by key leaders or stakeholders.
- 4. Status (Celebrate or Start Over)
- Return to the Status step to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.
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This activity helps participants to challenge silo mentalities by forcing them to work collaboratively to complete a task. The task is a painting task, in which each team (or individual) will only receive some of the colors they need to finish. In order to meet all the requirements of the task, they will have to negotiate for resources from other teams or individuals.
- Give each team (or individual, depending upon the size of your group) several colors of paint (poster paints work well).
- Teams or individuals should get different color combinations so that no one group or individual has everything that he or she needs. Recommended color combinations are:
- Team #1 – Black, white, red and yellow
- Team #2 – Black, white, blue and yellow
- Team #3 – Black, white, green and yellow
- Team #4 – Black, white, red and blue
- Give each team or individual enough paintbrushes for each team member to participate in the painting, a large sheet of paper (a flipchart works well for groups), something to mix their paint on (a piece of cardboard or a paper plate) and several small cups with water in them for rinsing the paint brush.
Explaining the Exercise: 5 minutes.
Activity: 20 minutes
Debrief: 15 minutes.
- Tell participants that they are going to work in their teams to produce a work of art with the supplies that you have given them.
- To be judged successful, each team or individual must paint a picture of Noah’s Ark complete with the rainbow that was God’s promise never to flood the earth again. (You can choose another theme if you like; the only essential element is the rainbow, because it uses all the color combinations that will force the teams to break out of their silos.)
- The rainbow must be at least one-third of the picture, and it must contain all the colors of a rainbow (which can be remembered with the acronym ROYGBIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet).
- The picture must fill the paper.
- They will have 20 minutes to complete their paintings.
- (After they begin, observe how they solve the problem of not having all the right color combinations for the rainbow. You may want to bring out your observations during the debrief. When the 20 minutes are up, have the groups answer the debrief questions below. Then, discuss their insights as a large group. Emphasize the need to share limited resources so that everyone could succeed. This is not a competitive activity.)
- How did you resolve the problem of not having enough colors to make all the colors of the rainbow?
- How willing were the other teams to share their paint with you?
- How willing were you to share your paint with them?
- Why was this difficult at times?
- How is this like sharing limited resources in the work environment?
- What could you do to make it more likely that individuals and groups would share their resources for the greater good of the organization?
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Teens and Adults
This game challenges team members to find ways to measure their progress towards a goal when the way to measure their progress is unclear.
2 Corinthians 10:12
- Graduated pitcher (or any container for liquid that shows measurements along the side)
- Unmarked pitcher or water bottle that holds 30 or more oz (one per team)
- Multiple containers for liquid of various sizes
- Water source or pitchers filled with water (one per team)
- Permanent marker
- Prizes for the winning team (optional)
- Find out how much water each of your various containers of different sizes can hold, and write it down somewhere.
- Place these containers around the room inconspicuously.
- Put the unmarked pitcher or water bottle and the pitcher of water at each table.
- Practice the script.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “We’re going to play a game that deals with measuring your progress.”
- “At each of your tables, I have place a pitcher of water and an empty water bottle (or pitcher).”
- “Your goal is to fill the empty container with exactly 29 oz of water.”
- “I have a graduated pitcher here at the front that I will use to test whether or not you have been successful.”
- “However, it’s not enough just to measure your final result.”
- “You also have to measure your progress at the following increments:
- “When you think you have measured out each of the increments, come to me, and I’ll test it with the graduated pitcher.”
- “You have to successfully measure out each increment before you can move on to the next one.”
- “The first team to successfully measure out all the increments and reach 29 oz wins.”
- “What questions do you have?” (Answer questions, but don’t answer any questions that deal with how much different containers in the room hold yet. You can let them know that they can use any containers they can find but only if they ask. Then, allow them to start the game. Provide no direction unless directly asked, and only tell how much the different containers hold to individuals. One of the lessons that you are trying to teach is the need for them to take initiative to determine their own way of measuring their success. When a team has successfully finished the challenge, stop the game and have teams answer the following debrief questions.)
Debrief Questions & Discussion
- What was challenging about the game?
- How did you solve the problem of measuring your progress?
- Were you guessing, or did you know for sure what your progress was?
- What about this game was similar to trying to find ways to measure your progress with your work or ministry?
- What lessons can you apply to your work or your ministry?
- (If you want to work in the Scripture from above: What happens when we try to measure our progress by comparing ourselves with others?)
In your groups, read or skim the following Scriptures. Then answer the questions below.
- Exodus 2:11-22
- Exodus 3:7-22
- Exodus 4:10-19, 27-31
- Exodus 5:1-23
- Exodus 6:1-12
- Exodus 7:8-13, 22-24
- Exodus 12:31-38
- Exodus 14:10-31
- What cross-cultural challenges did Moses face in each instance of his leadership?
- How successful was he in dealing with them?
- How did his early failure impact his future efforts?
- What helped Moses to be successful in his later efforts?
- What lessons can we take from his experience?
In your groups, read the following Scriptures. Then answer the questions below.
- Daniel 10:1-21
- Daniel 11:1
- Daniel 12:1-13
- How did Daniel prepare himself to receive the vision?
- How did the vision impact Daniel? Why?
- What was the response of the “one who looked like a man?”
- How was the vision delayed?
- Why do you think it was delayed?
- How should this influence how we approach God when we want a God-sized vision?
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