Bring the Jigsaw Discovery Tool to life with MTa experiential activities

MTA Experiential activity

In a recent blog article from Jamie Thompson of MTa Experiential Learning, Jamie discussed how MTa activities can support the learning from the Jigsaw Discovery Tool by enabling participants to deepen their understanding, create new neural connections and move toward enhancing behaviours and developing new habits.

MTa kits contain experiential learning activities designed to simulate situations that might arise in the workplace, where participants’ behaviours can be observed, considered, and discussed in a controlled environment, free of the pressures and consequences you’d find in the real world.

For individuals who have just completed their Jigsaw Behavioural Map, here are a handful of MTA experiential learning activities that will allow them to:

  • See real-world examples of how their behaviour manifests
  • Engage in constructive discussions about how their behaviour is perceived
  • Harness the strengths associated with their behaviour
  • Identify and minimise the impact of the blindspots
  • Give and receive help according to their own and others’ behavioural styles

Below, you’ll find four MTa activities that work well alongside the Jigsaw Discovery Tool.


This activity gives participants the opportunity to learn more about:

  • How others perceive their personal impact in teams
  • How to give and receive feedback based on behaviour
  • How to change their approach while improving their impact

These outcomes align very well with the Jigsaw Discovery Tool. Participants will be freshly aware of their behaviour profile, meaning that hearing from teammates how their behaviours manifest and impact the outcome of the activity will be especially instructive.

An opportunity to change their approach and see the immediate impact of these changes on the outcome also provides a controlled context for behavioural change, something that can be difficult to do in the workplace.

The Culprit is available as an online activity through MTa Immersion or as a standalone kit.

Swinging, Communications from MTa Insights

This activity has primary learning outcomes that align with some of the character traits from the Jigsaw Discovery Tool. Participants will be able to see and understand how their character traits manifest, as well as how their teammates’ character traits.

Some of these learning outcomes include:

  • Expressing yourself clearly: Strength for blue, potential blindspot for yellow
  • Effective communication: Strength for blue, potential blindspot for yellow
  • Concern for others: Strength for green, potential blindspot for red
  • Explaining versus instructing: Strength for red, potential blindspot for green

Swinging is part of MTa Insights.

New Dimensions

MTa New Dimensions is designed to break down silos, improve relationships, and foster effective communication between people and within teams. It’s a great activity for putting Jigsaw Discovery Tool learnings into practice, letting participants observe their theoretical knowledge as tangible behaviours.

There are three stages to New Dimensions:

  1. Establish priorities and challenge assumptions
  2. Inter-team cooperation
  3. Collaborating to add value

Each setting is different and invites its own type of communication, meaning participants have the opportunity to use varied approaches. The context of the game means they can either observe their natural behaviours or try new behaviours in a controlled setting.

This activity is available as a standalone kit here.

The Tower, Team Kit

Part of the language around the Jigsaw Discovery Tool involves perceiving the individual as a jigsaw, but this is also true at an organisational level. The Tower is great for showing how character traits and behaviours have an impact on team performance and on the bigger picture.

To succeed in The Tower, participants must work effectively within their team, and teams must work effectively with each other. By sharing resources, communicating effectively, and trusting each other, all teams are able to improve their performance.

The Tower works well at the end of a development program, making it a good choice to use after completing and discussing the Jigsaw Discovery Tool and potentially running another couple of activities.

Learning opportunities for The Tower include:

  • Building and maintaining trust
  • Working with others to maximise your performance (towards win/win)
  • Delegating tasks within teams
  • Company versus departmental objectives
  • Inter-team communications

The Tower is part of the MTa Team Kit.

Let us help you

This blog has looked at four experiential learning activities that work in lockstep with the Jigsaw Discovery Tool. If you’d like to learn more about how MTa kits and activities can help your business achieve its goals, book a call with Jamie to discuss your needs.

If you are not aware of MTa experiential activities, we recommend taking a look at their website.


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