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2 YeaTeam!

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Yea

Team!

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PURPOSE:

GROUP SIZE:

TIME:

PHYSICAL

SETTING:

MATERIALS:

PROCESS:

1.

To open a team training workshop with an energizing activity.

2.

To help participants who are unfamiliar with each other to get acquainted.

A minimum of 20 people is required. There is no maximum number.

The activity can be done with a smaller group if the number of boxes on the grid is reduced.

45 minutes

A large room or section of a room that allows the participants to move around easily.

1.

A copy of the Team Grid for each person.

2.

Pencils or pens for each person.

1.

Explain the purpose of the activity. Distribute a copy of the Team

Grid.

2.

Explain the guidelines. The leader calls out items about people in the group and the participants write the items in boxes on the

Grid. A few boxes may be designated as Wild Cards. Each box should have an item in it. See Activity 21, Darts: A Get Acquainted

Activity, for a list of possible items.

3.

Participants walk around the room and find people who are or can do the items in the boxes. When they find someone who fits the description, they ask the person to sign or initial that box.

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30 Visioning a Vision

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PURPOSE:

GROUP SIZE:

TIME:

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PROCESS:

Visioning a Vision

1.

To create a future focus for the team.

2.

To develop the first step in a strategic planning process.

3.

To create a vision statement for the team.

Works effectively with an intact team of 4 to 8 people. For a team training workshop, a maximum of 15 is recommended.

2 hours

A small classroom with sufficient blank walls to post up to 15 sheets of flipchart paper.

Easel, flipchart, markers (one for each person), and tape or push pins.

1.

Facilitator explains the purpose of a vision as a “statement of a team’s preferred future as opposed to its predicted future.” A vision is what you want and hope the team will become. It reflects your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Visioning is a free-form, brainstorming process in which you create the future you want.

2.

Begin by asking people to relax, even close their eyes, and consider this scenario (you may wish to play some quiet music):

3.

It is five years from now (the year ____). You are in a helicopter hovering over _____. What would you like to see?

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38 Meeting Monsters

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Meeting Monsters

Objectives

1. To identify the types of behaviors that disrupt team meetings.

2. To develop tactics for dealing with problem behaviors in team meetings.

Participants

10 to 20 people.

Time Limit

60 to 90 minutes.

Physical Setting

Chairs around a conference table or tables arranged in a U-shape. As an alternative, three or four sets of tables and chairs are spread out around the room so that people can sit in teams of four or five members.

Materials and Resources

1. Copy of Exercise 38.1 for each participant.

2. Overhead transparency of the exercise.

3. An overhead projector, screen and three transparency pens.

Process

1.

Open the session with an explanation of the objectives of the activity.

2. Distribute the exercise and briefly review each of the “monsters.” Divide the group into three subgroups and give each group a transparency of one of the pages of the exercise and a transparency pen. Each group is asked to come up with ways of dealing with the three monsters on their page. They should write their answers on the transparency. Allow 20 to 30 minutes.

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1 Tricky Tales: A Cross-TeamBuilding Approach

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Tricky Tales: A Cross-Team

Building Approach

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PURPOSE:

GROUP SIZE:

TIME:

PHYSICAL

SETTING:

MATERIALS:

PROCESS:

1.

To learn the difference between competitive and collaborative team behavior.

2.

To learn the techniques of cross-team teamwork.

A minimum of 16 people.

2 hours

A large room with four round or rectangular tables and chairs spread out around the room so that the teams can have some privacy.

1.

Four envelopes containing 3 x 5 cards prepared according to the

Directions for Preparing the Tricky Tales.

2.

A copy of Teamwork Guidelines for each person.

3.

A copy of Observer Guidelines for each observer.

1.

Form four teams of at least four people each. Designate the teams 1, 2, 3, and 4. Ask one person from each team to volunteer to be an observer. Brief the observer using the Observer

Guidelines.

2.

Review the Teamwork Guidelines with the total group. Distribute the envelopes to the four teams.

3.

The facilitator makes it clear that the activity is not over until all four teams have all the clues to their tale and the correct answer to their tale.

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16 Drawings

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Drawings

1.

To assess the current state of collaboration among teams in an organization.

2.

To improve collaboration among teams in an organization.

Five to 40 people in a team building session.

2 hours

A large room with a round or rectangular table, and chairs for each team.

A set of the following materials for each team:

1.

Book of drawing paper

2.

Colored pens

3.

Transparent tape

4.

Blank paper

1.

Explain that the purpose of the activity is to create a book of cartoons that reflects the current state of collaboration among teams in the organization. Teams may only use the materials provided. One book is to be prepared which is the combined efforts of all teams. Each team may only send one person at any time to another team to communicate about the project. There is a time limit of one hour.

2.

At the conclusion of the activity, the cartoons should be shared and discussed as a basis for identifying cross-team collaboration problems. The discussion should also bring out what was learned from working together on this project.

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