Technique 1.97 Challenge Activity


This is used when people are reluctant to conduct either turning points and/or appreciative interviews (see above 2 techniques).

Sometimes reluctant to be involved due to

- people saying they are too busy

- cannot see the explicit and obvious relevance to their task responsibilities

- activities appear too 'touchy feely'

To manage these issues, the activity legitimises self-disclosure as real and is story based.


Ideally divide people into teams (maximum 5 members)

1. Individuals' Preparation

- identify several times in your life when you were able to overcome substantial challenges

- choose one that

    i) illustrates skill or talent

    ii) other participants are not familiar with

    iii) had challenges that were substantial and complex

    iv) your effort was important in overcoming the challenge

2. Exchange stories of challenges

- appoint a timekeeper (so that the time is evenly shared)

- decide the order in which stories are told

- each story teller explains the challenge and how it was overcome

- non-storytellers listen carefully and with curiosityare there are are

- non-storytellers ask the following questions

    i) how did the person overcome the challenge?

    ii) what experiences, talents and characteristics allowed the person to be successful (emphasise expertise that is relevant to the team)?

    iii) what are the personal learnings from the experience?

NB continue until all team members have told their story and responded to the questions.

(source: Bob Dick, 2021b -


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