Case study: Orbit's learning and development day

Community building company Orbit held a learning and development day to increase communications, facilitated by agency Wildgoose.

Orbit's Learning and Development day
Orbit's Learning and Development day

Objective

To help Orbit facilitate a learning and development day, Wildgoose created an event to improve communication between the IT and Project Management departments.The key objectives of the day were to understand the characteristics of an effective team; exploring their own personality characteristics, ensuring they were conversing appropriately and working efficiently and in harmony.

Solutions

Wildgoose created a bespoke challenge that featured tailored content in line with the objectives of the day. Teams were able to practically explore the nine different team roles through a variety of tasks, questions and challenges, whilst engaging with their colleagues and exploring Coventry. In the lead up to the event, Wildgoose’s operations team and facilitator worked closely with the client and facilitators to design an event that worked with the Belbin personality profiling tool and complemented their learning and development objectives.

Following a session in the morning, exploring the nine Belbin team roles, the teams headed out to complete their challenge. Using tablets, teams navigated their way around a map of Coventry completing a range of tasks designed to reinforce and highlight team roles and personality characteristics. There were also questions and trivia about the local area. Examples of tasks and challenges included role play video challenge where teams were tasked with recording themselves acting out the nine different Belbin roles via an in-app video feature. Teams also completed The Lifeboat Activity, to initiate discussion about differing personality traits. Teams had to agree how to fill the imaginary ‘lifeboats’ using each of the nine Belbin roles by reading descriptions about each abstract character.

A post-event classroom session hosted by a learning and development facilitator followed. Using story, humour and intrigue, key learning and development theories were presented including a discussion about how we learn; reflection of the key challenges and playback of the role-play videos, whereby delegates had to guess which one of the nine Belbin behaviours were being acted out.  

Verdict


Shelly Henderson, senior sales manager at Wildgoose liaised with the client from the initial brief, through to the delivery of the event. She commented: "Working with the team at Orbit to create this event for them was incredibly interesting and rewarding." She added: "What started as a reasonably simple Spy School themed, team building activity morphed into something far more involved, blending a gamified activity with facilitated learning. The result was a memorable and engaging day that provided the client with some very clear ROI in the form of in-app content and feedback." 


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