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Copy of Team Building Seminar
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Team Building & Communication
Photo based on: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr
Let's start with an ice-breaker:
Explain three things:
where you grew up
how many kids in your family and where you fall in the sibling order
most difficult or important challenge of your childhood
Define "Effective Team"
Define Effective Communication
Behavioral Styles & the Team
collection of people who report to the same manager
no shared goals
lack communal purpose
share common goals
accountable to each other
set aside personal goals for the good of the team
share rewards and responsibilities
are committed to each other
look out for each other
What Is A Team?
You are part of an effective dynamic team
You have a unique and vital role in this team, and what you contribute is greatly effected by what you feel, how you think, and how you communicate with others
You are accountable to your leadership and your peers
Trust one another and work towards functioning as a team and not as a group of people
starts with your desire to help the team succeed
be an artist at work
be a problem solver
don't assume someone else will do it
follow-up with each other
help each other by giving constructive honest feedback about performance
Respect each other & Just Be Here
Things that keep us from being here now:
In groups, develop your definition of a healthy team. Prepare a visual. Be prepared to share with the group
Which one are you?
Place your name in your quadrant
Place team-mates in their quadrants
Identify one particular insight from your profile that you feel highlights an area where you can improve for the good of the team
Share with the team
Share your power object with the team
describe the object
explain why it is important to you
Leadership & The Manager:
Why do all paths lead back to the manager?
How do you fit into this team?
Why are you important to this team?
"The leader doesn't just get the message, he(she) is the message."
Word! Team Building Activity
Write down one word that best describes who you are. The word doesn't have to be an adjective
Drop your word in the bucket
Pick a card, any card but yours
Guess who's word you have and give it to that person
You can't receive more than one card
Think about why you received the card in your hand. What does it say about how others perceive you?
If you didn't receive your card, find it and sit down
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Sense of Humor
Practical Ways to Be Accountable:
Look at your own actions first
Think critically through the situation
Find ways to become empowered
Don't ignore problems
Answer your phones
Answer your emails in a timely fashion
Avoid email wars
Bring your authentic artist to work every day
NOSCE TE IPSUM
Objective: Develop shared understanding of effective communication & team performance
"...Working together is success" Ford
Check your mood often
What influences thinking?
Lynchpin by Seth Godin
Shine by Edward Hallowell
Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
The Human Operating System by Senn Delaney
Winning Teams by Larry Hart
My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
The Oz Principle by Roger Conners
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
— Mark Twain
Activity #4: Five Minute Free-Write
Confidential Mind Dump:
Respond to the following statement:
"At work, I have a chance to do what I do best everyday."
The goal of this activity is to build the tallest free-standing tower with the materials provided.
Your team has 10 minutes for this activity. Use the first five minutes to plan your tower without touching the materials.
I will let you know when you may begin building the tower. You will have 5 minutes to complete the tower.
Use only the materials provided.
The tower may not be attached to anything (e.g., floor, wall, table). The instructor will blow on each tower to test its stability. Good luck!
Picture Pieces Game
Time Required: 30 minutes
This problem solving exercise requires that the leader choose a well known picture or cartoon that is full of detail. The picture needs to be cut into as many equal squares as there are participants in the exercise. Each participant should be given a piece of the “puzzle” and instructed to create an exact copy of their piece of the puzzle five times bigger than its original size. They are posed with the problem of not knowing why or how their own work affects the larger picture. The leader can pass out pencils, markers, paper, and rulers in order to make the process simpler and run more smoothly. When all the participants have completed their enlargements, ask them to assemble their pieces into a giant copy of the original picture on a table. This problem solving exercise will teach participants how to work in a team and it demonstrates divisionalized ‘departmental’ working, which is the understanding that each person working on their own part contributes to an overall group result.
Open discussion- What are the qualities of an effective manager?
Examples of poor thinking:
I'm the boss; I'm not supposed to make mistakes
It doesn't pay to take any risks around here
I don't have time to coach
It's better to play it safe than to take risks
If you want the job done right, you have to do it yourself
I don't like talking to that person
For me to win, someone has to lose!
Activity # 6:
Activity #3: Tower Building Activity:)
Activity#6b: Power Object
-Describe your power object
-Tell us why it's important to you
-Tell us how it defines who you are