|The Colossal Chocolate Complement Coin Conspiracy|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Icebreakers 101 - Volume IX: UNDAMMING THE ICE", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
In corrections, we perform jobs that many would never dare to do. The added element of working inside a prison is a dissuading factor for many. Even so, there are days which are extremely difficult even for seasoned corrections veterans.
Sometimes, a quirky, interesting gesture for a deserving colleague is in order. Recently, a committee group for on which I served offered a covert tribute to one of our own. This particular colleague described the process of answering less-than-supportive emails to angry inquisitors. We really saw how much she puts into her work endeavors. Her professionalism in the face of adverse words was astounding. It was evident that she is the epitome of engagement and is truly supportive.
Secrecy was the key. This was all arranged without the recipient knowing any of the details. Someone in our group outlined the following:
Some might wonder if this is a bona fide classroom exercise. I submit that it is because many elements of interaction are met:
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence" among others. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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