- Select an acrostichon that you’d like to use for the workshop.
(e.g. company name or the product you’re selling)
- On Site: provide paper & pencil
- Remote: provide whiteboard
You can adapt the length of the acrostichon to fit your desired workshop length. Also maybe have a “backup” acrostichon in mind in case your initial suggestion proves to be too long/short/hard.
Check-In (5 minutes)
- Welcome the team and introduce the workshop
- Explain what an acrostichon is
- Use the background shown above to explain why satisfaction with your work is important to build trust
Overview: Share your personal thoughts and feelings by creating an acrostichon regarding your workplace.
Goal: Build trust by focusing on what makes you satisfied with your work and workplace.
An acrostichon is a collection of words, the first letters of which make up a word of their own when you write them beneath each other.
Step 1 (5-10 minutes)
- Each team member creates their own acrostichon about why they’re satisfied with their work/team/company
- If you’d like, you can also choose another topic with your team, e.g. what you’re thankful for
Here is an example of how an acrostichon is structured:
O wn initiative
M ade to order
Tip: When on site the acrostichons should be written on paper sheets, so they are visible for everyone later on. When working remote the acrostichons can be collected on an online whiteboard (hidden at first)
Step 2 (2 minutes / person)
- After creating the acrostichons, each team member presents their work
- If you want, the team members can select the best one and present it in the office or online.
You can also suggest that everyone can hang up their own acrostichon at their workspace. This way they can always be reminded of what they like about their work/team/ company.
Step 3 / Outro (10 minutes)
- Summarize the results, read the best achrostichon again
- Emphazise how job satisfaction is important for trust *
“I hope this little exercise has shown that working with our colleages in a team can be fun. Together you have come up with different words for each letter showing how versatile our thoughts can be, even if we all had the same task and the same word. I hope this has also shown you how many great features this workplace/team/company has to offer that we can all thrive of and connect through. “