Program Number: C020-20092011
Behind the Frontlines: Teambuilding in Kabul
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 1.5
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 0.0
Teambuilding is often seen as a nice-to-have on projects – something we may get around to doing if we have the time and the budget. And in these days of shrinking budgets and accelerated schedules, these efforts often fall by the wayside. Can teambuilding really impact the outcome of a project? Is it possible to measure the results of teambuilding sessions and activities? How can an understanding of group dynamics form what we do and when we do it? And, importantly: how can tapping into the imagination and creativity of your team members build trust and interdependence, forging stronger business relationships?
Using a variety of media to illustrate her message, Christa Kirby will present a case study focused on a USAID-funded long-term project with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Afghanistan. Over the past two years, she has been working to help unite two separate – and often competitive – groups operating under the same "parent" organization into a cohesive, collaborative team. Interweaving story, video and photos, this presentation will give you a rare glimpse behind the frontlines and into the working world of the city of Kabul. Lessons learned will be applicable across a variety of settings and situations, and participants will leave this session with insights and dynamic new ideas that they can apply with their own project teams.
Christa Kirby is the Director of Global Communications as well as a trainer at International Institute for Learning (IIL). With a BA from Duke University and a MA from New York University, she is an experienced Communications professional as well as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and trainer. For the past decade, Christa has conducted workshops and led training for corporations, non-governmental organizations and foundations in countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Ethiopia, Greece and the US. Her specialty areas of focus are team-building, leadership, conflict resolution, effective communication, cross-cultural communication and peace-building. Before joining IIL, Christa worked for nine years with Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in Communications and Knowledge Management.
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