Mark The Spark at Spark The Change India 2018 by Sarika Kharbanda

Across the 2 cool days of Spark The Change India 24-25 Feb 2018, it has been wonderful to see this amazing ‘Mark The Spark’ wall with so many Sparking cards – tokens of gratitude, appreciation, enjoyment and smiles πŸ™‚ .

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More than 85 Sparking cards smiling across the wall, each telling something unique about what the Spark participants shared on what they liked, enjoyed, were thrilled about, wanted to appreciate, share what made them smile or shared something they thought was cool or awesome!

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Since 2003, personally and also at work, I use this technique of giving Thank you and Appreciation cards. Almost all project teams I worked with are still motivated to use this too πŸ™‚ .

There’s an internal spark, internal motivation and drive that allows teams to get into this approach of ‘giving’ gratitude and appreciation to someone else – whether this is done across regular reflect and learn points across a project (Retrospectives in the Agile teams) or otherwise across the whole project.Β And it totally gives an amazing sense of satisfaction!

Surely many years ago we didn’t use standard templates or so when we initiated the use of this technique in 2003. We just agreed as a team on a couple of approaches to do this. One of them being – we cut different colored chart papers into smaller Index Card size (approx), got stickers on them to make them attractive and/or even more meaningful to help convey our message.

The card content had at least 3 things to share our gratitude or appreciation:

  • Who the appreciation / gratitude is for
  • What – the appreciation / gratitude itself
  • Who the appreciation / gratitude is from

Few years ago when I chose to be a Management 3.0 Facilitator, I learnt the technique Kudo Cards / Kudos Box, by Jurgen Appelo the author of Management 3.0 and Managing for Happiness.

As a Management 3.0 Facilitator, I introduce the ‘Kudo Cards’ and ‘Kudo Wall’ right at the beginning of my workshop too and we use this across the 2 days of the workshop – Learning with fun and appreciation.

You can read more on this at the Management 3.0 website too using this link.

Having brought the Appreciation Wall to Spark The Change India, we have some Learning and Actions to take forward:

  1. Continue to use this in the future conferences, with even more sparks ofcourse πŸ˜‰
  2. Share our experience with everyone on the usage of this technique at the Spark the Change India conference
  3. Help others keen on trying this technique in their contexts and then hear their stories of implementation and learn from it

Have you used this technique in your experience at other conferences – as an organizer or participant? How has your experience been? Would be great to learn from that too!

Sarika

Be the Change you want to see in the world!

Sarika Kharbanda
@SarikaKharbanda
Email us at ‘info@sparkthechangeindia.com’
linkedin.com/in/sarikakharbanda

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