The warm up
This exercise is meant to connect people. Have a laugh and relax. This is also the time when I clearly communicate that everybody in the room has a say, that all input is valued equally, this is a co-creation workshop after all.
In some companies this warm up exercise is not needed and people want to get to the core immediately. I always push back when this happens, because I know there is important value in this exercise.
Sometimes when I walk into a room I see nervous people. When this happen I smile… because I know their nervousness will fade away in the next couple of minutes.
Having a laugh simply bonds people together, lightens the mood and frankly makes people perform at their best.