Pumping The Colors is an active
hands-on team building simulation for groups of six to ten
It challenges them to execute a complicated task under conditions
that require them to perform as a team.The process of accomplishing
the task distills the excitement of a game and the inspiration
of solving a real-life problem into an unexpectedly powerful
Pumping The Colors is
for any corporation that wants to introduce teams to the organization,
the ability of existing teams to be more productive, focus on total
quality management, boost productivity or morale after right/down-sizing,
or introduce teams as part of a new corporate philosophy.
More specifically Pumping The Colors is:
- Perfect for giving new teams a successful
- Great for helping teams that are in trouble.
- Excellent for teams that want to continuously
improve their ability to work as a team
- Critical for companies that are weighing the
pros and cons of instituting team concepts into their work force.
How will team members benefit from Pumping The Colors?
Here are a few of
the benefits teams can expect. Team members will:
- Understand the seven behaviors required
of every member of a high performing team.
- Clarify and set standards of performance for
their team. Once these standards are set team members will use
these standards to encourage, motivate, expect , and demand high
performing team behavior from one another.
- Understand the three basic types of teams and
which type is best for each situation.
- Understand, many for the first time in their
lives, what it really means to be part of a team.
- Understand the importance and role of team leadership
in different types of teams.
- Learn how his or her work style affects the team.
- Learn how the work style of others affects the
- See improved team performance, strength, and
- Know what type of work styles to include on different
types of teams.
- Understand the different types of teams and how
to create the best team for the task.
- Learn what highly individualistic team members
must do to be effective team members.
- Learn how to avoid the 6 most common types
of team problems.
- Learn how to resolve conflicts in a constructive
- Learn how to conduct an effective team meeting.
- Learn what they must do to continuously
improve team performance.
How many? How much time?
There are half
day, full day, and one and a half day versions available. Each
team consists of 5 to 10 persons. One facilitator can manage
two or three teams.
What Happens in Pumping The Colors?
a tri-color delivery system out of pipes and tubes on a eight
foot protective mat. If they are successful they will be able to use
their system to deliver any one of three colored solutions to
any one of 12 targets. The task challenges the team to think
creatively, to work interdependently, to manage scarce resources,
to deal with pressure and stress.
During the first day teams experience all four
stages of team development: forming, storming, norming and performing.
The team holds two team meetings to evaluate their team performance.
They also receive instruction on how to organize teams, reduce
conflict, work with different work styles and many other essential
skills required for team development. By the second day the team
generally realizes that they all have been performing far below
their capability. They then focus on what must happen to improve
Pumping The Colors Requires Certification
Pumping The Colors is our only simulation
that requires certification training for facilitators. Each year
we offer 2 two-day public workshops in
Del Mar. The public workshops are an opportunity to participate
in Pumping The Colors, evaluate its effectiveness,
and to become certified as a facilitator. When you sign up for
a workshop, we will confirm your enrollment and send you hotel
and time information. If you would prefer, we can also arrange
to have a Pumping The Colors pilot brought in-house
to your company.
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