Truman Medical Centers WIC program staff gathered for an annual day of team building activities recently outside of Kansas City, Missouri. They included a Creating a Team Culture workshop and a Charade Murder Mystery activity. As the largest WIC provider in the state of Missouri, Truman Medical Centers (TMC) is currently contracted to serve 14,500 participants each month at multiple clinic locations in Blue Springs, Grandview, Independence and Kansas City. The group of 45 people that gathered for this event does all the jobs involved in running the program – supervisors and managers, nutritionists, and support staff.
Creating a Team Culture is a great half-day workshop for covering four sets of people principles that deal with communication. The group was engaged and lively as they learned the principles and did fun exercises to drive the points home. Laughter echoed through the room as people recognized common behaviors and poked gentle fun at each other.
As the group transitioned to the Charade Murder Mystery program, there was some initial confusion about what was going on. Suddenly, one of the key program managers dramatically keeled over in a “death” scene that caught everyone’s attention! It became clear that we were switching gears, and the groups around the room buzzed with excitement as they examined evidence, interviewed suspects, and did their best to solve the “crimes”.
“This was a lot of fun! Everyone had a really good time.” —Brenda Brewer, Truman Medical Centers WIC Program
The combination of a session like Creating a Team Culture that focuses more directly on communication practices coupled with a program designed as more of a game can be a great recipe for any group. If you’re looking for opportunities to engage your group in great discussions as well as have some fun together, consider including Creating a Team Culture and any one of our other team building activities in your next conference.
Ellen Patnaude is Vice President of Instruction for the Northeast region. She is based in Detroit, Michigan, but she also teaches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toronto, Baltimore and other Northeast cities.