General information

Module title Performative Team Training in the World of Business
Language English
Module lecturer prof. nadzw. dr hab. Juliusz Tyszka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor nadzwyczajny UAM
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

The training develops: 1. Abilities to collaborate with a group and within a group.2. Emotional intelligence.3. Self-orientation in space.4. Group orientation in space.5. The ability to deeply concentrate on a given task (self-concentration and common concentration within a group).6. The ability to overcome troubles and obstacles together with other members of the group.7. How to use “little successes” to have bigger successes. Helps to: 8. Discover and develop your personal potential in group activities.9. Discover and develop your potential in the actions where you need to execute power.10. Discover and develop your potential in the actions where you need to subordinate to somebody’s power.11. Execute your power with empathy and respect to the others.12. Generate the empathy towards your collaborators and other people in general.13. Overcome the stress of self-exposition in awkward, unusual situations that may be seen as unpleasant and challenging someone’s authority in the presence of his/her work mates.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1 Work on the self concentration + attention to the actions of others.Week 2 Work on the self concentration and collaboration with the others in situations when one needs to improvise.Week 3 Work on the concentration on the actions of others and in fitting our own activity into their ongoing actions.Week 4 Work on the concentration in group actions, orchestra.Week 5 Improvisations with texts, group collaboration. Creative collaboration in given, limited time.Week 6 Work on the executing of authority, on subordination and on challenging both of these attitudes.Week 7 Group improvisations in chosen site-specific place. Creative collaboration in given, limited time.Week 8 Exercices in group collaboration.Week 9 Exercices in pairs, improvisations in pairs. How to execute the power on the other?Week 10 Improvisation in observation of the other prople’s actions. What can we perceive and what we cannot?Week 11 The whole session action in three groups. To compete or to collaborate? How to develop the empathy towards your partners and competitors. When it is needed?Week 12 Developed improvisation with text. Creative collaboration in given, limited time.Week 13 Outdoor improvisation of whole group in site-specific place.Week 14 Work on collaboration, competition, new challenges, stressful situations.Week 15 Wrapping up session.

Reading list

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