Elephant In the Room : Name It & Tame It

In our workplace – at some point of time, we have all experienced the elephant in the room—a situation probably no one wants to discuss/admit openly or obvious truths that are unaddressed.

When these issues are not addressed, it can create uneasiness, not trustworthy environment there by leading psychologically not safe workplace. More importantly a toxic work culture settles in that can wreak havoc throughout the organization thus limiting the ability as a team to grow and create a learning and innovative organisation.

In this session (more of engaged workshop) , we will be using Liberating structures for people to share their experiences and learn from others, while also providing them a safe environment to discuss the elephant in the room (their version) they might have experienced in their workplace.

By the end of session participants may probably come up with some ideas to address and tame their elephant.

Structure of the session/workshop as follows :
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– Ice Breaker : To get to the know participants, before setting the context (3 mins)
– Context setting : What is Elephant in the Room – brief chat and discussion (5 mins)
– Name/identify your elephant in the room (Approx. 15 mins)
Here we would be applying Liberating Structure to Identify participant’s version of Elephant in the Room and brainstorm in groups to arrive at set of ‘Elephant in the room’ which they want to address in their workplace
At the end of this stage participants would have narrowed down the list to Top 1 or 2 items.
– Tame your elephant in the room (solution identification, deep dive & brainstorming): (30 mins)
Here we would be applying combination of Liberating Structures to brainstorm and explore the solutions toward taming Elephant in the room.

This activity would be done in 3 parts (as below):
Part 1 – Make a list of items that contribute towards the problem (Elephant in the room)?
Part 2 – Look at the above list and reflect to see anything you are doing directly or indirectly to create those items
Part 3 – What you will do from now to stop that behavior and create a ‘positive’ culture

– Conclusion (6-8 mins)
Learning Outcome
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Key takeaways form the session
– Engaging conversation through Liberating structure micro structures
– Better decision making with the usage of Liberating Structures
– Importance of having a Safe environment to share and discuss with their colleagues about their experiences with unaddressed issues /challenges they are facing in their workplace
– Key understanding would be : how we can initiate,contribute & drive the cultural change rather looking for someone else to initiate the change

Target Audience
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Key takeaways form the session
– Engaging conversation through Liberating structure micro structures
– Better decision making with the usage of Liberating Structures
– Importance of having a Safe environment to share and discuss with their colleagues about their experiences with unaddressed issues /challenges they are facing in their workplace
– Key understanding would be : how we can initiate,contribute & drive the cultural change rather looking for someone else to initiate the change

Requirements & Technical Requirements
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For in person aka Physical events ideally Sticky notes, markers, paper sheets, sketch pens are required. As the conference is in virtual mode we would be using tools like Google Jamboard and Trello to meet the needs