Sanford co-create their leadership charter using The Emotional Culture Deck 

Robyn Pagonis from Element Consulting recently used 35 Emotional Culture decks with her client – a large, Iconic New Zealand organisation called Sanford.

In the middle of 2018, Robyn bought The Emotional Culture Deck Team Pack and has been having endless fun playing with it. 

"I’ve been having a ball with it.  So much so, that one of my clients is now ready to step into an F word conversation with their Senior Leadership Team.  As a player in the primary industry, it’s fair to say they are more attuned to a different F word than “feelings. Thanks in advance, and thanks again for putting some great design thinking into a safe, structured way to explore these conversations with a straight shooting-crowd."

Robyn was asked to work with a group of 30 Sanford leaders (including their executive) who she described as a team of two halves…. those who have been around for 20 plus years and those who are new to the organisation (and mostly new to the industry too).

Due to the different groups within the team, they could have been described as slightly fractured and needed some help to find their leadership rhythm, and explore and embrace their individual differences.

"The business is on quite the transformation journey, and establishing a cultural framework that brings their values to life will be one of the most important first steps in their undertaking. I used The Emotional Culture Deck to lead them through the process and help them navigate their stories and come together as one team.

Robyn ran a half-day workshop with 30 leaders using 30 Emotional Culture Decks, where she followed an abridged version of the Map your Emotional Culture Workshop plan.

Robyn shared this about her experience using the deck with Sanford: 

"It was a really interesting experience.  The sounds of some eyes rolling at the start of the process were bewilderingly deafening but the results showed the power of the tool.  One of the big surprises was our merry team of fishermen landing on a leading emotion of Love!  Made my heart swell as they shared their stories and commitments they would like to live into.  We followed your abridged process primarily as we only had three hours for the workshop … but we managed to crank out a great outcome all the same.  They have now drafted a Leadership Charter which not only talks to the footprint that they will leave on the organisation but their regular rituals to help bring it all to life."

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