An ALAC Development Session was approved under the FY16 Special Budget Requests. The Development Session will take place in Dublin on Friday, 23 October 2015 between 10:00-18:00 for 2015-2016 ALAC members.

ALAC Team Building Workshop 23/10/15 


Workshop Objectives

1. Integrate new ALAC members.

2. Explore and discuss resolution to possible disconnects amongst the ALAC.

3. Agree our purpose and ways of working.

4. Explore ways of communication and collaboration ways to facilitate the most effective meetings and work practices.

5. Have fun!

Measures of Success

  1. Feels like a good use of our time.
  2. Feel optimistic that we will be able to meet the ALAC’s stated purposes.
  3. A well-integrated group.
  4. Greater understanding of each other’s operating styles.
  5. Developed a sense of cohesiveness amongst the ALAC.
  6. Have explored and developed behaviours (e.g. listening, participation, compromising) and start to demonstrate them.


Session Outline







Each person to answer :


Where do they call home and where do they work (if different).

Why they have joined (or continue to serve on) the ALAC?



  • Ensure we all know each other a bit better!
  • Icebreaker


30 mins


10.00 -10.30



Workshop Objectives


  • Ensure that everyone knows why we are here today!



10 mins




Who am I?


All to bring an object or picture that best describes them as an individual.


“Please take one minute to tell us why you have brought this picture/object and what it says about you”



  • Bring everyone into the room
  • Integration
  • Start the process of sharing on a more personal level and building trust.


30 mins



I min max here


Building Consensus for the Working Methods for the Session.


Discuss what is needed to be at our best in this workshop. Record items on a flip chart and stick on wall (e.g. listening, confidentiality, computers, stick to timings etc).



  • Clarifies how we want to work together today to get the most out of the workshop
  • Models how the group could work more effectively in other f2f meetings



20 mins




Bio break



10 mins



11.30 - 11.40


ICANN, ALAC and At-Large: Where we want to go in 2016 and beyond?


All to think about this question (in pairs) and write answers on separate post it notes.


“Why do we exist as a group?

Collate Post it notes on a flip chart and discuss and review how we will know if we succeed.

Each person to vote their #1 and #2 choice.

Discuss and review how we will know when we’ve got there.



  • Clarifies purpose in order to achieve greater alignment and effectiveness.



60 mins



11.40 – 12.40







60 mins


12.40 – 13.40



Communication and Collaboration: How to Facilitate the Most Effective Meetings and Work Practices


How can we:


  • Conduct effective calls
  • Conduct effective F2F meetings
  • Get things done efficiently and effectively
  • Manage differences of opinion and conflict effectively
  • Communicate well with each other
  • Give each other effective feedback and do it well
  • Make the best decisions


  • Discuss the above in small groups of 4 (30 mins)
  • Report out to wider group (30 mins)
  • Agree upon a list of approx 8-10 items/ground rules for ALAC / At Large (30 mins).


 Discuss as a whole group how we can hold each other accountable (15 mins).


  • More effective meetings, calls and work practices
  • Highlights the behaviours are acceptable/unacceptable for the ALAC 
  • Resolve disconnects amongst existing team members.



105 mins








15 mins inc break



15.25 – 15.40


 It takes a Village


Each person to reflect upon (10 mins) and then share with the group (5 mins each):


  1. One personal strength that they bring to the ALAC e.g. great listening, creativity, collaborating, handling conflict.
  2. One technical skill that they bring to the ALAC 
  3. One personal area of development that they’d like to work on within the context of the ALAC
  4. One technical skill that they’d like to improve on within the context of the ALAC
  5. What support do they need from ALAC colleagues for their development areas?


  • Provides the ALAC with clarity on how each individuals’ strengths and styles that contribute towards the success of the ALAC.  Identification of areas of need and ways in which we can support skill development.
  • Builds trust and openness.
  • Builds collaboration and support (point 5).
  • NB focus on skill and behavioural elements separately to avoid everyone resorting to skill.

100 mins

15.50 – 17.30


Review of ALAC interactions (Alan)

i.e. review of mailing lists and wiki practices plus questions.



  • Ensures that the group, particularly new members, is aware of ALAC interactions.



15 mins




Actions and Next Steps


Each person to reflect upon these 2 questions and then and verbalise:


  1. One thing that the ALAC should commit to doing in order to become a more effective TEAM.
  2. One thing that I will do (differently) in order to help ALAC become a more effective TEAM.



  • Secures commitment to actions from the group
  • Clarifies what we have agreed upon in the workshop



30 mins




Pre Work

Please bring 1 object or picture that best describes you. Be prepared to talk for approx 1 minute about what this object/picture says about you.

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