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Meaningful Conversations

The power of conversations cannot be overstated. It is probably the single most important skill that a team leader can possess, to handle a variety of scenarios. Like every other skill, it is a physical activity that can only be developed with practice. The more one practices, the better one becomes at it. "Meaningful Conversations" is a training unique 1 Day program that has helps participants develop such skills through several rounds of intense practice through several role plays. 


Team Leaders need to converse with their team members during several workplace events such as coaching sessions, feedback sessions, retention conversations, conflict resolution, team meetings etc. Further, there are several critical other events in a team members life, that warrant some form of conversation. A team leader who can successfully navigate these events through conversations typically has the best performance as he keeps team members engaged, and adds value to them.



    1. Introduction + Objective Setting + Pre Test

    2. SBI Feedback Model (Situation, Behaviour, Impact)

            * Giving Feedback (5 Role Plays)  

            * Tough Conversations (2 Role Plays)

            * Retention Conversations (2 Role Plays) 

            * Conflict Resolution (2 Role Plays)

    3. Crucial Moments

            * Types of Moments

            * Empathy (2 Role Plays)

    4. Meetings

            * Team Briefings

            * Conducting Meetings

    5. Post Test

    1 Day Program


    Example: Tough Conversations

    1. Concept: Learn about tough conversations including
            a. Applying SBI Model
            b. Procrastination
            c. Direct Vs Sensitive messages

    2. Practice: Do Role Plays. Two types of role plays.
            a. Participants grouped into threes. Each group to have a team member, a team leader and an observer.
            b. Two volunteers to help facilitator on stage to do a role play, while rest of the class observes

    3. Debrief: Learning from role plays
            a. Identify what went right and what went wrong in each role play
            b. Understand how we would structure the conversation, we would do, if we were to repeat the scenario 



Role Play Objective: The team member is a high performer. However, he tends to be rude, gets into loud arguments with his co-workers and makes thaem uncomfortable. The team leader has decided to have a tough conversation with him.

Duration: 15 Mins Total.

Instruction: Divide the class into groups of three people each. In each group, one person will play the role of a team leader, while the other will play the role of the team member. Third person will be an observer.

Team Leader (Ramya) Brief : One of your team members (Shankar) is a good performer. He has been in your team for 1 year. While Shankar is not the a people centric person, you were fine with it because Shankar could do his job well. However, in the recent past, he has been acting up. He has been rude to his team members gets into arguments over petty issues. You have already spoken to him a couple of times regarding this earlier and Shankar promised to change. But yesterday, Patricia came to you and said she would resign if Shankar this behaviour. It is obvious that Shankar did not change. So you feel its time to have a tough conversation with him now.

Team Member (Shankar) Brief: You are a tenured associate and have been with the company for 4 years. The last one year, you have been in Ramya’s team. You feel that most other team members are incompetent. You wonder why you have been put in such a team, when you have been a good performer. Team members tend to approach you for clarification on things that they should have learnt during their training. Its not your fault that they did not. Things have come to a level that almost every day, someone will approach you every hour for some clarification or the other. You have had enough of it. Yesterday, when Patricia came to you, you blew it. You blasted her and set an example so that no on every approaches you again. Ramya did speak to you about your behaviour earlier and you mentioned to her that you would tone down a bit. But Patricia deserved it. Ramya has now called you for a meeting, and you know why.

Observer: Observe both, the team leader and the team member, having a conversation. Ensure that you make notes. Observe if the team leader is following the SBI model. Check if the team leader is tough and sensitive. Also check if the team leader is avoiding the issue. Ensure that you note down all significant points where you feel the team leader could have done better to communicate to Shankar that his behaviour is not ok. You are also the time keeper. Ensure that the conversation does not extend for more than 10 minutes. After the role play is done, give your feedback to the team leader about where he could have done better.

OnTrac Trainings


OnTrac's facilitators are highly experienced in conducting programs for team leaders and managers. They come not just with training experience, but also with several years of managerial experience in real businesses. They are particularly skilled in conducting programs such as "Meaningful Conversations" where several role plays need to be conducted and learnings need to be extracted and cemented in the learner's mind.


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