Innovation and Persuasion with Knoll

We had tremendous  fun hosting a workshop with the marketing and communications team at Knoll Inc, today. Knoll is an industry leader in modern furniture for home and office, blending the worlds of practicality, functionality and design, and their crew made for a real fun workshop.

The theme of the day was The Future – the leadership at Knoll knows they need to be on the cutting edge if they plan on replicating the years of success they have enjoyed. The emphasis of this workshop was on building stronger bonds among the team through taking and supporting risk.

It can be difficult to feel inspired at work, in any industry. And sometimes it takes guts to share an idea that may feel so unconventional. Your ability to innovate is as important as your ability to communicate, and balancing those two are not always so easy.

As a result, we presented Knoll with a curriculum that addressed thinking differently, sharing ideas and perspective, and feeling comfortable speaking persuasively to their team. The  exercise challenged the team to take initiative and share thoughts while also supporting the risks being taken around them.

A conga line was not on the curriculum. Pretty sure they did this on their own.

Knoll was also interested in how improv could help their team to be persuasive with their peers… specifically without being annoying! In a fast creative environment, it can be tough to present innovative and different ideas in a way that is immediately understandable and palatable. Our curriculum addressed this issue by focusing on the importance of collaboration. Instead of presenting ideas as impositions, we can present ideas in a collaborative way, allowing for the input of those around us, and making it feel like a team effort as opposed to an individual ultimatum.

It’s always nice to work with a creative and out going group, and Knoll was absolutely that. The rooms were loud and boisterous for this, and by the end the group had a lot to reflect on… and a lot of fun!

 

Team Building for Fortune 500 Companies -Teaching Comcast Creativity

We had a great a time with Comcast‘s Strategic Development Team today! A group of about 50 took over our theater and experienced a workshop that packed a lot into an afternoon. This was an expecially exciting to our team, because we love team building for Fortune 500 companies. Big companies have a the funds to dedicate to large scale professional development. As a result, they benefit from scheduling “outside the box” trainings like ours. Our focus on experiential learning in workshops set us apart from lots of other training providers.

Comcast is an industry leader and that’s thanks in no small part to their Strategic Development Team. This is a group that thrives on entrepreneurial energy and their ability to come up with fresh new ideas that motivate and challenge their peers. To help jumpstart their team we created a customized workshop for an afternoon of fun and learning. Then, we hosted them at PHIT’s stages – just a few blocks from Comcast’s own world headquarters in Philadelphia.

Our workshops call on individuals to take risks. As soon as we start, participants are stepping outside the realm of normal. As a result, they get to a place where their most absurd and fun ideas can exist. The Stragetic Development team spends a lot of time in that headspace that lies just beyond the everyday normal. This specific curriculum allowed them to examine how they conceive those ideas as well as how the rest of the team responds.

Comcast is just one example of PHIT's team building for Fortune 500 companies.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a few good improv teams could be formed from this group. They took to the material right away and made for some entertaining and supportive ideas.

If your team needs to stretch their creative minds, we’ve got an outlet for that. Get in touch with PHIT today and let’s chat about how we do team building for Fortune 500 companies (or your smaller business too).