A lot of the time we work next to each other but don’t really know each other. Learning a bit about someone’s life history and even private life can go a long way in creating empathy. Personal Maps branches off from the tradition of mind maps to tell your own story.
Instead of the usual introductory speech to a new team or the usual description about who you are and what your expertise is... Why not use a personal map instead and make it more interesting? Here’s how you can use personal maps to tell your own story.
Drawing a personal map is a good way to discover how much you really know about your colleagues! Learn to do this in only 15 minutes.
Sharing your personal map sends a clear message that you’re open to share about yourself and get to know people better. This exercise should take no more than 10 minutes per participant provided you have created the personal maps in advance (see previous guides).
Many teams use Mind Maps to explore certain topics. Similarly you can use Personal Maps to explore your team itself. Personal Maps facilitate team collaboration and bonding in a rather distant world.
With this video, you will learn how to use Personal Maps to break down the barriers of cubicles and longer distances, and then you may even learn how silly you were when you thought you had nothing in common!