After completing your Colourblind® session, it's crucial to reflect and analyze. Dedicate at least 30 minutes for a comprehensive debrief. You can either craft your own set of probing questions or utilize the ones provided below. The online version of Colourblind® zeroes in on two pivotal facets of communication:
- Selection and management of the communication system and medium.
- Precision and quality of the communicated content.
Communication Area 1: Information Management
The exercise inundates participants with information. To solve the puzzle, a systematic approach to information gathering, sorting, and retention is essential. Consider these debrief questions:
- Did we set a clear objective early on?
- How did we ensure early access to all relevant information?
- What methods did we employ to sort and retain information?
- How did we validate the accuracy and relevance of our data?
- How did we challenge assumptions and transition from unknowns to knowns?
Workplace Application: Reflect on your personal information management. How do you filter and store pertinent data? How can you enhance your information management and avoid information overload?
Communication Area 2: Group Dynamics and Leadership
Successful completion of the Colourblind® exercise hinges on effective group communication. Reflect on:
- How well did we listen to each other?
- Did we prevent side conversations or sub-group dialogues?
- Was there a designated leader or did one organically emerge?
- How did we ensure inclusivity in our discussions?
- How did we adapt our communication strategy during the exercise?
Workplace Application: Think about your team's communication dynamics. How do you ensure everyone's voice is heard? How do you choose discussion leaders? Are there evident communication patterns or alliances within your team?
Communication Area 3: Shared Language and Meaning
A cornerstone of the Colourblind® exercise is establishing shared descriptors. Reflect on:
- What descriptive methods were most effective?
- How did descriptions evolve over time?
- How did we validate and clarify ambiguous descriptions?
- Were there any cultural or linguistic barriers?
Workplace Application: Consider the jargon or specialized language you use. How do you ensure clarity in your communications? How do you validate your understanding of received messages?
Communication Area 4: Valuing Diversity
The exercise showcases diverse communication styles. Reflect on:
- What individual communication strategies stood out?
- How did participants adapt their styles to accommodate others?
- How did individuals ensure mutual understanding?
Workplace Application: How can insights from this exercise enhance your training or teaching methods? Are you aware of your communication preferences and their impact?
Real-world Example: In one Colourblind® session, participants used culturally specific references, like "Star Trek symbol," which might not resonate universally. In your professional setting, how do you ensure abstract concepts, such as organisational values, are universally understood?