When should Pumping The Colors be used?
A. For new teams: Recommend Pumping The Colors when a company or organization wants to begin using teams throughout the organization and wants the teams to start off with the best possible chance of being successful.
B. To set team standards: Pumping The Colors is built around Seven Practices that characterize high performing teams. In PTC, participants learn how to use the standards to coach themselves to higher performance.
C. For team orientation: Recommend Pumping The Colors when a company wants to help its employees understand what teams must do to be successful.
D. For continuous improvement: Recommend Pumping The Colors for teams that take the continuous improvement mandate seriously.
E. For teams in trouble or ineffective teams, for example:
- Teams that have been trimmed by cutbacks and are having a difficult time regaining their momentum.
- Teams with different styles that are required to work together i.e., project teams from different departments, companies or cultures.
- Teams in which one or two toxic members are hurting the team.
- Teams that have a difficult time confronting and resolving differences.
- Teams that are so heavily politicized that they can’t work together effectively.
- Teams in which the implicit and explicit contracts that govern the team are in conflict.
- Teams in which the implicit contract needs to be made explicit.
How many? How much time?
This 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?
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 have been performing far below their capability. They then focus on what must happen to improve their performance.
Facilitating Pumping The Colors no longer requires certification.
Pumping The Colors used to be our only simulation which required attending a certification course. We’ve replaced the two-day certification with a comprehensive Director’s Kit, which includes a new annotated video of the Train The Trainer experience. The kit includes detailed step by step instructions on setting up, running and debriefing Pumping The Colors along with marketing and support materials. As with all our programs we’re always glad to offer free personal phone support.
The new video allows the facilitator to view a complete Train The Trainer session of Pumping The Colors, evaluate its effectiveness, and become certified to deliver the program.
This is a Train The Trainer video, not a marketing video. The simulation has a much faster pace when it’s run for clients than what is shown in the video. We’ve purposely spent more time explaining the materials, the setup and the types of processes that are important for the facilitator and difficult to convey in print. These wouldn’t normally be included in a regular (non Train The Trainer) session.
We’ve broken the video into different categories and added commentary for your convenience. We highly recommend you watch the entire video at least once in order to better understand the flow and intricacies of running the program.
We feel this new platform will uphold the quality assurances while making the simulation much more accessible. Contact us to learn more or get started!