If you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you might get pinched. Although pinching is not appropriate in workplace environments, this team building activity is… and it will spark some joy on your team too.
Pinching isn’t the only thing associated with St. Patrick’s Day; so are four-leaf clovers. I’ve also considered four-leaf clovers to be lucky but I recently heard that the leaves of four-leaf clovers stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.
Each person on your team brings unique and special gifts with them. In this St. Patrick’s Day team building activity, you will honor each person and let them know why you feel “lucky” to have them on your team.
This exercise can be done from the leader to their direct reports, or the team can all give each other clovers of praise.
- Print out clovers or cut them out of green paper. (It’s easy to find patterns or clip art on the internet for free.)
- On each clover, write the person’s name on the stem, then four reasons you feel lucky to have them on your team, one reason on each leaf.
- Post these on the wall for all to see or hand them out ceremoniously in a team meeting.
Below is a clover I gave to my amazing Executive Assistant, Camille.
Some additional ways to make St. Patrick’s day special include:
- Encourage everyone to wear green.
- Serve green beer (or green beverages).
- Play Irish music.
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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