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AITP Mission Accomplished

Sunday, October 24, 2004   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dan Herod, AITP Dallas - Media

AITP Mission Impossible: Accomplished

AITP Dallas Hosts 74 Professionals at Team-Building Workshop

AITP Dallas featured Operation Team Building, Delivering Human Performance Improvement as its fall professional development workshop for members and guests on September 15, at the Hotel Intercontinental Malachite Showroom in Addison, Texas. The 74 attendees were professionals from several companies throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

The evening workshop was led by Chapter President Deborah Lovell and co-facilitated by David Estes, CEO of Tactical Tanks, a training facility for strategic leadership and team-building learning. Keeping in the theme of this military-style training, the chapter board members were dressed in battle dress uniforms donated by Tactical Tanks. And forget the traditional hotel ballroom-type seminar; Commander Estes brought not only his unique training expertise to the workshop but also his five-ton tank! Yes, a real British tank.

"We hosted this workshop because we know how important it is as a professional in today's workplace to be a team player and the importance of communicating with your team members to be successful in your company mission." said Deborah R. Lovell, president of the Dallas chapter. "And, while we have the right tactical hard skills, many of us know our leadership and management skills are a bit rusty."

The workshop consisted of two interactive exercises with each team assigned a military division name. Once the crew members of each team elected their commander (executive), navigator (manager) and driver (team leader), mission orders were delivered and the crews (frontline) set out to accomplish their missions and report their success back to Central Command. During the debriefing segment, attendees described the difficulty of their assignments what went wrong in the communication directives. They learned how critical it is to communicate clearly and concisely from executive to management and frontline level.

Attendees reported the workshop as "mission accomplished."

"This was a great team-building workshop," said attendee Doug Arnold, IT consultant. "As a former Army officer, I thought the military lingo used in the mission orders the commanders were given would be easy for me to interpret and communicate to my tank crew. When my team didn't understand what I was saying, I knew we were possibly not going to complete the mission. I learned a valuable lesson in that when working with my team on a project from now on, I need to communicate in lingo they understand so we can reach our goal as a team."

Attendees went home with essential team-building tips to immediately put into action in both their professional and personal lives, along with their very own tank! No, not the real five-ton tank, but AITP Dallas did provide each attendee with a toy tank.

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