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High Performance Training Programme

The College IQAC organized a High Performance Training Programme for teaching staff on Saturday, 13th October, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Smart Classroom. 37 teachers attended the training, conducted by Mr. Jude Cardozo from Satyakam.

The training began with the introduction of the trainer by Dr. Shami Pai, IQAC Coordinator. He said that WE is always better than I. The participants were divided into four teams, namely Black, Orange, Green and Blue. Each team consisted of 8 to 10 members.

The trainer began the training with Johari Window and expressed the view that everyone should blow his or her own trumpet to know and acknowledge their strengths. He suggested that the first day of the month should be observed as “Blow your Trumpet Day.”

He further said that High Performance Teams have ‘excellence’ as their habit. The main characteristics of high performing teams are as follows:

  • Unity and team spirit
  • Coordination and communication
  • Common goal
  • Discipline
  • Listening
  • Single Leader
  • Positivity
  • Confidence
  • Accepting others’ strengths and weaknesses

The next exercise given to the participants was that they should discuss with other team members one thing that they are looking to improve in themselves. They have to identify and measure the progress within two months. The participants were also asked to name one or two things that they love in their institution.

The trainer mentioned that TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. Working together works.

The next exercise given to the teams was “BAKRA KISKA HAI.” This exercise was to identify the highest performing team. Each team was given 25 minutes to solve a logical reasoning exercise. Team Orange won and was termed as high performing team.

The next task was Sudoku Maze. Each team was given 5 minutes to solve the puzzle. Team Black won. The trainer suggested that a Sudoku Contest be organized for the staff after two months of this training.

The trainer then explained the PRISM Brain Mapping. He said that the PRISM has four quadrants namely, Blue, Green, Gold and Red. He discussed the features of the people falling in each quadrant. He further mentioned that there are no good or bad profiles. PRISM is about enabling. It can be used at the workplace for understanding colleagues, and students, encouraging team spirit, motivating employees, assigning jobs to people. In fact, the institution can form mixed teams with people of different quadrant.

A third Activity was Juggling – this was a test of being able to concentrate and carry out several tasks simultaneously. Team Green won this Round.

In the next exercise each participant was asked to answer one question – “What do you want to change in Damodar College? Why?” The issues raised by the participants were discipline of the students, rest room for the staff, common programmes for the students and staff, tea club, timings of the college, student attendance, etc. The trainer emphasized that each member should identify one area that he/she feels needs improvement, and suggest what he/she will do to bring about that change/improvement

The last activity given to the participants was ACAPELLA. Each team was given a task. The various tasks given were Cyclone, Stampeding Cattle, Tarzan Forests and Gang war of Dogs. The team has to present the task with the help of a sound only. Team Blue won the challenge

The training programme ended with the closing remarks by the Principal, Dr Prita Mallya.