Discovering Team Dynamics with the Warehouse Personnel of Agrimate Inc

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is
that one is always having surprising discoveries.”
― A.A. Milne

“The real voyage of discovery consists
not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

The team dynamics seminar with Agrimate Inc, a nationwide distributor of poultry, hog, and fish farm feeds, was CTFN’s first training for the month March, held in their CEO’s beautiful rest house in Ronda.

Agrimate team dynamics seminar 2017 in Ronda Cebu Philippines

When CTFN affiliate Nathaniel John Arong and FC 24 senior facilitator Andrew Kagakit arrived at the venue, these unassuming facilitators found that their participants will be Agrimate’s team of highly energetic warehouse personnel who had come from different places all over the country. And true enough, they welcomed us with sumptuous grilled squids and shots of Vino Kulafu, which of course, we politely refused.  
These men, although most have worked over 15 years in the company, which means they have been in almost all the islands in the Philippines and have set eyes on almost every city in the country when they’re assigned to these places to deliver the goods to farms, they have never heard of the term team dynamics in their entire lives. “team dynamics,” in definition, ”are the unconscious, psychological forces that influence the direction of a team's behavior and performance” (Team Technology, 2016). And “…with awareness on their own team dynamics, the members can deal effectively with any task and easily spot discrepancies; in doing so, the team manages itself and adjusts to circumstances positively” (Nasol, 2016).
So for us facilitators from Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network who are always hungry for great experiences, having to be the ones to introduce the concept to these men was nothing less than a fulfilling challenge.

Agrimate team dynamics seminar 2017 in Ronda Cebu Philippines
Agrimate team dynamics seminar 2017

We’ve decided that the easiest and fullest way to do so was through the Johari’s Window. A self and team dynamics awareness tool created by Joe Luft and Harry Ingham; thus, it’s called Johari’s. It simply explains that an effective team must be able to expand its Public Area and in the same time, size down its Blind Spot, Hidden, and Unknown areas, by use of effective communication.

Hence, the whole seminar with all its modules and sub-modules as well as the activities and lectures were based effectively from this structure.  

Note: This article was written by CTFN affiliate Nathaniel John Arong, who was the main facilitator for the Agrimate Inc. team dynamics seminar.

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