A five-day retreat in Turkeyby Adrian
“A change is as good as a rest”. And it seems that the retreat we ran last week was a good change for an excellent team of people, who usually are working on creating job and self-employment opportunities for refugees in Turkey.
As so often, Sebastian’s favourite Communication game was a hit. In this, one person builds a structure with a few Lego stones, and another person has to rebuild an identical structure, but this person is not allowed to see the original, and can only receive oral instructions via a third person who acts as messenger – and of course, time is limited.
This led the team to reflect on a few ground rules for communication, especially in multi-cultural settings. A few of my favourites from the points that emerged here were:
– Initially give a feeling for what it is you broadly want (“it’s a tower”).
– Keep it simple, do not say it all at once, increase detail in layers.
– Take nothing for granted.
– Use the cultural language of the listener, rather than your own.
– Give space for seeking clarification.
In any case a fun week in beautiful Sapanca!