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Playing for Stronger Teams: Using Games to Build Culture and Connection

  • April 11, 2023
  • 11:30 AM
  • Zoom Conference Bridge


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Session Details

The pandemic turned the existing workplace culture on its head, with many of us still disoriented by ever-shifting work schedules, reconfigured job descriptions accompanied by high staff turnover, and communication challenges. Teams everywhere are looking for new ways to connect and rebuild strong team cultures in the new work environments.

This lunch-and-learn session will explore how games - yes, games - can be an amazing tool for building team cohesion and catalyzing change. While they have long been used as a tool for individual learning, games can be even more powerful as a vehicle for people to learn and grow together. Great play experiences result in a team that can harness even more value than just the sum of its parts.

In this session, Alex Suchman, CEO and cofounder of Barometer XP, will demonstrate how to use games to create a shared experience where team members strengthen team cohesion, explore new ways of communicating, and practice collaborating with one another while also having fun!

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify techniques to integrate new team members and help team members get to know each other better.
  • Use games to engage team members in learning and change initiatives.
  • Communicate about different work styles and problem-solving skills to improve collaboration.

About Our Speaker - Alexandra Suchman

Alexandra (Alex) Suchman is CEO and co-founder of Barometer XP, a company that uses games to spark insightful conversations about how team members can better communicate and collaborate toward shared goals. Alex leads game sessions that help individuals and teams explore self-awareness and make meaningful, sustainable culture change.

Prior to Barometer XP, Alex founded AIS Collaborations, a consulting firm that helped small businesses reach new levels of success through simple systems, stronger organizing techniques, and better planning. She has an MPP from The George Washington University, a BA in psychology from Colby College, and is certified as both a Project Management Professional (PMP) and DISC coach.



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