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Using Johari's Window as a Team Building Exercise

In an attempt to improve communication in the 4-person office where I work, I suggested we do an exercise on team building using Luft and Ingham's (1955)Johari Window
by Juliana Viola on 23 August 2011

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Transcript of Using Johari's Window as a Team Building Exercise

Using Johari's
Window for Team Building What is
Johari's Window? Our team Juliana P. Viola
SIT Graduate Institute
FISLM'11 After working together as a team for over
a year, this activity was our first team and
communication building exercise! "a tool for enhancing self-awareness"
(Luft and Igham, 1955) "Encourages individuals to be OPEN, to reveal information that is and not known to others, and to become aware of your BLIND SPOT." (Griffin, 2005, p. 188) (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr HIDDEN BLIND
SPOT OPEN UNKNOWN HIDDEN Not Known to Others Known to Others Known to Self Not Known to Self What others know or
perceive about you
that you do not know
about yourself. What you and others
have not yet discovered
about you What you and others
know about
you...information
that's out in the open What you know
about yourself that
others do not know What is
Johari's Window? Exercise Instructions participants received:
1) Look at the table below and pick 6-8 adjectives
to describe yourself.
2) Do the same for the other members on your team and
write down the words Why use the table with words? Most of the words on the table
are positive words, and because
this was our first team building exercise,
I thought it would facilitate interaction. and it did... Each team member was asked to complete Johari's window by using the words they had chosen for themselves.

Participants were asked to first share what they had put into the first, second, third and fourth quadrant. For this exercise Johari's window
was used as a background tool to facilitate conversation and discussion about each team member. Topics that came up... tension vs. nervousness
How to deal with someone on the team
who is under a lot of stress?

confidence vs. self-consciousnes
Each team member shared one thing that bothers
them about the team's dynamics. Questions asked to the group Think of someone in the group that you don't know well. What is something in your hidden windown you're willing to share to build trust? To help our team work better toegether, what are some things you might disclose to them? What were some of the words others in the team chose for you that you did not choose for yourself? Would you put consider these "blind spots" for you? What is some feedback about yourself that you'd like to have? From whom do you want it? What feedback would you like to give? How will you have the person's best self in mind so that you don't damage the relationship? Conclusion After the exercise, every team member shared
that they really enjoyed the exercise and that
they felt they could each other more! References Griffin, T.M. (2005) Effective Intercultural Communication. In
Halverson & Tirmizi, Effective Multicultural Teams (pp. 181-
191). Location: Springer.

http://kevan.org/johari http://kevan.org/johari Overall impressions... "I was nervous at first, but
realized that exercises like
this can really help us improve
our communication" -team member "Let us know when you have other
exercises like this for us" -team member "You all know how much I hate
talking about myself, but this
was actually fun!" -team member Communication Trust Leadership
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