Share Your Dreams
The purpose of this exercise is to allow people to bring their whole selves to the workplace and create a context where people can help each other share and achieve their individual dreams in life.
At the end of the game, participants should:
- Feel a strengthened sense of belonging within the team
- Be able to explicitly share their intrinsic motivations
- Find it easier to connect their personal dreams with the higher purpose of the company – the strongest bond you can have with the company
NO OF PEOPLE
2 min -15 max
Any available space
Openness, inspiration, imagination, contemplation
STEP 1 – INVITATION TO PARTICIPANTS
- Invite participants to sit in a circle or in a presentation-style arrangement
STEP 2 – INSTRUCTIONS
- Ask them reflect on the question “What is your dream?” for five minutes.
- Then, ask for a volunteer to come up before the group to share their thoughts.
STEP 3 – REFLECTION
- After each sharing, invite the group to react by either asking questions or sharing their opinions, for a maximum of 5 minutes. Sample questions can include, “What do you mean by this?”, “How is this connected to the company’s higher purpose or values?”
- Repeat Step 2 and 3 until all participants have had a turn.
Be transparent, be yourself
Remember it’s not about the company – it’s about you
Be respectful when others are sharing
Ask constructive questions
Try to be politically correct about your dreams
Be judgemental – don’t laugh or snigger
Be a dream killer
People will feel much more connected with each other
People will feel like they’re a part of another individual’s dreams and can contribute if possible
People might identify synergies that weren’t explicit until then
Gives people time to take a step back and reflect upon things that are important to them
People may not take this exercise seriously if they believe it’s workplace appropriate
Not everyone may be comfortable with being vulnerable
You might identify that people are completely disconnected with the company’s higher purpose
Ask participants to come up with their answer to the question, “What is your dream?” prior to the meeting and choose an image that represents their dream.
Participants can bring a visual expression of their dream – a photograph, a painting, a drawing, a video or a poem – any creative expression of their dream.
This variation adds an emotional element to their sharing.
Hire a professional sketch artist to attend the meeting and create a visual representation of each participant’s dream, as and when they’re sharing it with the group. It could be an amazing souvenir for people to take back with them.
- The objective of the exercise is to just share. No concrete action is expected from it.
- Explain how this exercise is important for company growth and how sharing personal dreams is connected to the company’s alignment.
- When people are encouraged to talk about their dreams, what inspires them and their deep aspirations, they feel like they have the permission to bring their whole selves to work. When that is done, everyone on the team is aware of what their key intrinsic motivators are. Which, in turn, makes it easier for the rest of the team, and the company at large, to align that person’s purpose with the team’s higher purpose or that of the company. Letting people bring their whole selves to work, increases workplace trust as well.
- When members of a team know the personal dreams of their teammates, it creates a special space and context for them to help each other achieve those dreams. It becomes easier for them to contribute towards someone’s dream wherever possible. But most importantly, such sharing helps people view their teammates as a holistic person, rather than just coworkers.