In our series of articles dedicated to management 3.0, here is the presentation of the personal map which allows everyone to describe themselves concisely. Let’s look what this simple practice is ! It allows us to know much more about each member of the team.
Material to make your personal map
- an A3 sheet for each participant
- a roll of tape to put the sheet on the wall
- markers of different colors
Let’s launch our workshop
Now, each participant will put their name (or even draw themselves) in the center of the sheet and surround it by writing in capital letters (people often write better in capital letters). Then we will ask each member of the team to link the name to the main things that everyone thinks are the pillars of their life.
Now, we will ask each member of the team to create other points of interest related to those already written in the previous step in order to go slightly into detail. We will make smaller circles.
Indeed, these personal maps speak much more than the words written on the sheets. There is a very interesting part of psychological analysis that we can analyze from these drawings.
Let’s start again from Robert’s personal map:
Robert standardizes all of his circles and makes straight lines. You quickly understand that he is a person who likes the organized things. He didn’t have the extravagance to use some colors but he has used just black, which partly supports this analysis.
Imagine, Julia, a young student with a lot of dreams who has a mindset completely opposite to Robert. We would probably have a very different personal map:
You will quickly understand that Julia’s personality is not at all the same compared to Robert. The personal map really allows you to know much more about each member of the team.
If the manager better know each member of the team, he can really have best behaviors or decisions with them. There is more chance to have united teams if he can really understand everyone in the team.
Besides, in the event of conflicts or even resignation, that will help HR and managers.
Conclusion Personal map
To conclude, don’t hesitate to test the personal map within your teams to obtain all the necessary informations that will allow you to best know your teams.
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