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Who You Are Matters! professional and personal development experience

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Successfully facilitated in organizations, post-secondary institutions, associations, team-building off-sites and open-enrollment sessions, this highly interactive group discovery experience, sparks meaningful conversation and helps participants connect the dots in their professional and personal lives. How others have described a Who You Are Matters! facilitated session:


  • Professional and personal development experience
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Chance to reflect on work and life experiences in an organized way
  • Be engaged in structured conversation about work
  • Gain peer encouragement and feedback
  • Learning through fun
  • Leave with a substantive Career Statement take-away
  • Get out of your regular routine and try something different
  • Generate ideas for your future
  • Help you make decisions
  • Explore worklife ideas and discover new ones through engaging storytelling

By playing a highly interactive discovery game with other like-minded people, participants identify unique strengths and learn from other people,  recognize who and what influences them, and gain insight into the things that are most important.

Contact us to explore bringing this team-building and trust-building experience to your groups. 

In terms of useful and worthwhile outcomes you walk away with, it’s not like any game I’ve played. ~Professor Carolyn Dobbyn, George Brown College

By the end of a Who You Are Matters! session participants:

  • Identify at least 20 strengths, desires, personal qualities, assets, influences and natural interests
  • Generate 3 specific future possibilities
  • Feel more confident and optimistic as they continue the process of making career and life choices
  • Commit to exploring at least one specific possibility
  • Leave with their substantive Career Statement

Excellent opportunity to explore, consider and reflect. It gave me a greater understanding of my desires, natural interests and qualities, and an appreciation for others playing the game. 5 out of 5 – I consider the game to be a engaging experience. ~Anthony Hopkins, Director, Careers & Employer Partnerships Centre, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Bring this inspiring session to your organization

We’d like to show you that the Who You Are Matters! game is a special experience. The game sidesteps the forms and structures, allowing participants the freedom to think, feel and say who they are, what they want and what’s important to them. The game experience gets people talking—it draws people out, while taking a serious topic and putting a fun spin on it.

What’s more, the game does “double duty” by offering a fun team building experience. And while the game is fun, it is substantive too. The resulting Career Sketch and Career Statement provide participants with concrete evidence of their growing self-awareness and their desired direction, resulting in confidence and willingness to engage in more meaningful career planning dialogue. Participants find this experience rewarding, and want to speak with their managers with a renewed clarity around the mutual responsibility of career planning.

Contact us to explore bringing this team-building and trust-building experience to your groups. 

We facilitated Who You Are Matters! at the Ve’ahavta Street Academy. The group was really engaged and enthusiastic. They loved the game and found it really helpful as they work to carve out their vision for the future. We found the expressions of gratitude through the tokens really inspiring.  ~Theresa Schrader & Lee Weisser

CareerCycles & OneLifeTools invests in Continuous Improvement

We’ve redesigned Who You Are Matters! based on extensive game play, careful analysis of feedback, and creative application of lessons learned. Here’s what you can expect from our new version:

  1. Better for organizations, aligned with Employee Engagement and Teambuilding needs
  2. Players access all cards, especially Strengths and Desires (previously: only got to a subset of these cards)
  3. Writing of Career Statement is integrated into the game (previously: had to write it afterward)
  4. Game play is much more streamlined and easier to learn quickly, easier to facilitate
  5. Use of ‘tokens’ adds new dimension to game, encourages players to listen more attentively and share more deeply (previously: no tokens, easier to get distracted)
  6. Look and feel of the game much better: beautiful game board, more professional looking cards and Career Statement (previous version: basic production values)
  7. Same great outcome! Completed Career Statement; high quality interactions, useful peer feedback

“A good way to focus your mind on all the variables that contribute to organizing one’s career and life.” ~Ralph Holt
“The session definitely helped me focus on a “Career Statement” that is more succinct/specific than anything I had before. More than anything else got me thinking and really set the ball rolling on my career rejuvenation.” ~Sudip Duttagupta
“CareerCycles provided a very valuable Who You Are MATTERS! workshop for our group of young professionals. This was a well-organized and fun way to spend time digging deep into and gaining clarity about what makes us happy and fulfilled. It was also neat to do it in a group setting where many bonds were built and many laughs were had!” ~David Toushek, President, JCI Toronto


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