I’d like to introduce our PIFPAL (Pay It Forward Pal), Kelly Godden, who is the Early Career Talent Manager at The Post Office.
In work, Kelly is passionate about helping people develop and grow.
Outside of work, her passions are pugs, scuba diving and Sauvignon Blanc.
“What is the song that resonates with you and your life, Kelly?”
“I’ve never really thought about this before, but I guess it would be something like Wannabe by the Spice Girls. Friendship is really important to me and I think this song encapsulates this. Plus girl power is important too!”
Kelly’s claim to fame is that when she was 11, she was on a kid’s TV show ‘Get Your Own Back’ – and she won!
Which of the 16 Team DyNAmics© Elements does your post support?: TRUST
How Will It Help Others?: We spend around 40 hours a week with some people at work and although we get to know them on a personal level, we don’t always know much about what inspires or motivates them. This is a great way to get to know what makes people tick and share something that they feel inspired and passionate about.
How long will it take?: 20 Minutes
Resources required: Powerpoint (optional)
What to do: At each of your team meetings (if you have these weekly, you might want to make this exercise monthly), take it in turns to present to the rest of your team a topic that inspires you. It can be absolutely anything – it could be about your hobby outside of work or it could be about a piece of best practise you read about that you found inspired you. It doesn’t matter what it is, just share it with your team and share your passion.
Any other relevant information?: A team I worked in a couple of years ago used to do this and it was such a good way to learn about each other, learn about something new and even practise your presentation skills. The first time I presented, I talked about my passion for scuba diving and how it had helped me become a better communicator. It may sound like a tenuous link, but the restrictions you have underwater meant that I learned to focus more on non verbal communication, such as picking up signals on when someone became flustered or stressed. Scuba diving also teaches you to place your trust in your ‘buddy’ – sometimes this is someone who you haven’t met before – and communication before, during and after the dive is so important because if something doesn’t go to plan during the dive, the consequences could be serious.
At the time I worked in the communications team, so I also presented on some social marketing campaigns that I had read about that had really inspired me to focus on the behavioural changes we wanted to get out of a campaign. I used some examples that really inspired the team and we had some really good discussions about how we could use the learnings to implement them into our own campaigns.
It’s quite a simple idea but it really does help in team building and learning more about each other.
Many thanks to Kelly for Paying It Forward with a great piece of team development that works on many different levels, both from an individual and team perspective.
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Can I Help You?
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Wishing you continued happiness and success in both work and life.
Yours behaviourally, Nick
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