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.
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!