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Acknowledgement: This is an adaptation of an exercise I learned from Barry Hopson and Mike Scally.
In a good learning event, people give of their best and often show more of themselves than they do otherwise. So everyone has a good insight into each other's strengths. When you hear about your strengths from others and acknowledge them to yourself, this builds your motivation and self-confidence.
If you do this at the end of a workshop, you go away feeling good about yourself and your colleagues too.
This version works best in groups of six to twelve; outside these limits you will probably want to adapt it, perhaps by breaking into smaller groups. It is very easy and sounds much more complicated than it is.
We had a very dour manager called Tom on one course. Some months later I was chatting to him. Out of the blue he pulled open a drawer and found his piece of paper. He said, "You know I was very cynical about that exercise, but every time I am a bit down I look at the paper and it lifts my spirits!
I have used this a lot and have a lot of these "warm fuzzies" in my files. This is good!
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