The Key to Our Team Success (Activity)

The more your team focus on key behaviors and values that drive team success, the more likely they are to get there!  This adaptable activity is both tactile and designed to reinforce positive behavior and workplace success.  You can use this in a variety of ways to allow people to think about “the keys of” the topic of your meeting.

First, facilitate a discussion to capture their key behaviors or values, write them on a tag and attach them to a key.  Then, each person then gets to keep their key and put it somewhere as a visual reminder.  For example, on their desk.


All you need is a set of keys and tags (Avery #11026, Split Ring Key Tags).  I got both off Amazon for less than $15 – and I have enough for 30 people.


Here are some ideas on how you can use this activity with your team.

1. The Key to Our Team’s Success

Begin with a robust discussion about what it will take for your team to have “success.”  Be sure you define what success is first.  For example, it might be reaching your annual goals or it might be about the culture the team wants to create.  After your discussion, choose one of the options below:

Option 1: Get the team to narrow the list of key behaviors to 1-3.  Each person then writes those 1-3 behaviors on the tags and attaches them to a single key. (Each person gets a key.)

Option 2: After listing the behaviors for the team, each person selects 1-3 key behaviors they will promise to exemplify.  In this option, each person on the team may choose different words or phrases for their key.  Ask each person to share their promises with the team.

2. The Key to My Success

This can be done as a group activity, or during a one-on-one coaching conversation.  After a discussion on key values and/or behaviors that the person wants to exemplify, ask them to write 1-3 down on tags and connect the tag(s) to a key to keep as a reminder.  If this is a group activity, as each person to share their tags with the team.

This is an easy, fun and memorable way to consciously choose what to focus on and have a reminder.  Please share other ways to adapt this in the comments below.

About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing. Learn about her Better Teams Model and Team Assessment here.

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      1. Omg, this went even better than I expected. In fact even a couple of my coworkers admitted they’d been a little skeptical when I told them ahead of time but could believe how great this was and the great conversations that came out of it. Our team is behind their sales numbers and this helped focus people on the actions they Need to do to pick up their pace.
        We created the ‘power’ words ahead of time, people picked 3 each…we discussed them and then I asked how difficult it was to pick just 3. I then told them to chose another two words, later in the day each sales rep had to do a presentation and they discussed the ‘extra’ power words and how the actions they would do to reflect them. It was great !

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