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Pumping the Colors – Team Building Program

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Pumping The Colors® is an active hands-on team building simulation for groups of five to ten participants. It challenges them to execute a complicated task under conditions that require them to perform as a team.The process of accomplishing the task distills the excitement of a game and the inspiration of solving a real-life problem into an unexpectedly powerful learning experience.

More specifically Pumping The Colors is:

  • Perfect for giving new teams a successful start
  • Great for helping teams that are in trouble.
  • Excellent for teams that want to continuously improve their ability to work as a team
  • Critical for companies that are weighing the pros and cons of instituting team concepts into their work force.

Pumping The Colors is for any corporation that wants to introduce teams to the organization, improve the ability of existing teams to be more productive, focus on total quality management, boost productivity or morale after right/down-sizing, or introduce teams as part of a new corporate philosophy.

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How will team members benefit from Pumping The Colors?

Here are a few of the benefits teams can expect. Team members will:

  • Understand the seven behaviors required of every member of a high performing team.
  • Clarify and set standards of performance for their team. Once these standards are set team members will use these standards to encourage, motivate, expect , and demand high performing team behavior from one another.
  • Understand the three basic types of teams and which type is best for each situation.
  • Understand, many for the first time in their lives, what it really means to be part of a team.
  • Understand the importance and role of team leadership in different types of teams.
  • Learn how his or her work style affects the team.
  • Learn how the work style of others affects the team.
  • See improved team performance, strength, and confidence.
  • Know what type of work styles to include on different types of teams.
  • Understand the different types of teams and how to create the best team for the task.
  • Learn what highly individualistic team members must do to be effective team members.
  • Learn how to avoid the 6 most common types of team problems.
  • Learn how to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner.
  • Learn how to conduct an effective team meeting.
  • Learn what they must do to continuously improve team performance.

Teach Your Teams To Coach Themselves To High Performance.

The Seven Practices of High Performing Teams, developed by R. Garry Shirts, are used as the foundation for teams coaching themselves to higher performance. Using the exercises with the Seven Practices the teams will: (a) reduce turnover (b) increase the chances of turning potentially destructive conflicts into benefits for the team (c) increase the effectiveness of planning and follow through meetings (d) improve the performance on every one of the practices of the Seven Practices (e) increase the probability of becoming a high performing team (f) make it possible for new members to participate and feel part of the team.

All members of the team understand and agree on the team’s purpose.
Team members understand and agree on: (a) each team member’s role, (b) the team’s short and long term objectives, (c) the schedule for completing the various tasks, (d) the resources committed to each part of the task, (e) the level of quality required for the task, (f) methods for making changes once a plan has been accepted, (g) the amount of money to be spent on each task and , (h) the team’s decision making process.
All team members understand how decisions are made and by whom in addition, the team does not settle for easy and obvious answers to tough problems. It struggles through the “groan zone” to reach better solutions.
Team members give accurate, timely feed-back to one another and routinely discuss problems, issues, policies, fears, concerns, disappointments and frustrations. The team does not tolerate hidden agendas, third party communication or any other form of subversive communication.
Each team member commits to helping the team meet high levels of performance by working together as a team, not as an individual. Furthermore, every team member accepts responsibility for making the team successful. When problems develop, team members determine what caused the problem and how to fix it. The purpose of identifying problems and mistakes is to improve the process, not fix the blame.
All team members know their work preferences and understand the impact their behavior has on other members of the team.
The team follows through on it’s plans for improvement.

How many? How much time?

1398-FThis is a very flexible program, there are half day and full day versions available. Each team usually consists of 5 to 10 persons. One facilitator can manage two or three teams. We can help with ideas or additional facilitators for larger groups.

What Happens in Pumping The Colors? Simulation includes:

Teams build a tri-color delivery system out of pipes and tubes on a eight foot protective mat. If they are successful they will be able to use their system to deliver any one of three colored solutions to any one of 12 targets. The task challenges the team to think creatively, to work interdependently, to manage scarce resources, to deal with pressure and stress.

Early in the simulation teams experience all four stages of team development: forming, storming, norming and performing. The team holds two team meetings to evaluate their team performance. They also receive instruction on how to organize teams, reduce conflict, work with different work styles, coach themselves and many other essential skills required for team development. Later in the simulation the team generally realizes that they all have been performing far below their capability. They then focus on what must happen to improve their performance.

Facilitating Pumping The Colors Requires Certification

Pumping The Colors is our only simulation that requires certification training for facilitators. In the past we’ve offered 2 two-day public workshops in Del Mar. We will continue to offer the public workshops which are an opportunity to participate in Pumping The Colors, evaluate its effectiveness, and to become certified as a facilitator. We are also in the process of developing a Train-The-Trainer video in order to replace the public workshops andmake certification much easier. If you would prefer, we can also arrange to have a Pumping The Colors pilot brought in-house to your company.

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One Comment

  1. Guy Bergeaud March 11, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Pumping the Colors In the 2 top french universities

    France is famous for the quality of its engineers and some of its technical and scientific breakthroughs.
    There are a number of famous scientific and engineering schools. The 2 best ones are: l’Ecole Polytechnique et l’Ecole des Mines (probably equivalent to Harvard and MIT). The number of students selected is limited. Only the best students with great intellectual capacities are recruited every year.
    They generally become the leaders of our greatest corporations such as Airbus, Michelin, Alstom or our Banks, Insurances as well as Ministers in our governments. Belonging to such schools communiqués is the guarantee of a successful career.

    The teaching methodology is quite conventional. But to prepare the students to Team management both schools have selected “Pumping the Colors” experience to communicate and teach the required skills to lead a project management team.
    According to the teachers this experience is greatly appreciated by students,as It helped them to realize what will be expected from them as future managers and executives. In particular, they understand that great mathematical and technical intelligences are not sufficient. The ability to create a collective intelligence and benefit from individual émotional intelligence and sociability are key factors of success.

    We are very proud that PUMPING THE COLORS created by Garry Shirts plays a role In the training of the french corporate elites.

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