The Four Quadrants is a tried and true team building activity to break the ice with a group or team. It is now one of my favorite activities because:
I learned this from an amazing Master Certified Facilitator, Cheryle Maurer of Performance Consulting LLC. She facilitated our MasterMind group through this process and we all loved it and learned new things about each other.
Here are the steps to facilitate The Four Quadrants activity:
Here are the questions Cheryle used with our group:
You can change the questions to work with any group. For example, below are questions Michael Barrett, Resonance LLC used with a non-profit Board of Directors. He said when they shared their charts with each other some were moved to tears.
I used the questions below with a team that was working on improving how they communicated to each other when under stress. It was remarkable how much they opened up and learned about each other even though many had worked together for years.
Other questions you could insert:
This activity is so wonderful because you can write any four questions that you think will work for your group. Or have fun with it and let them come up with their own questions. Just think about what you want your group to know about each other.
What four questions will you use to get your next group engaged and sharing with one another? Please share your ideas by commenting on this post below.
Happy team building!
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, 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.
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