Understanding Team Roles and Responsibilities
When there is a lack of understanding of the roles and responsibilities of your team members there is usually confusion, inefficiencies, and conflict.
Here is a team exercise to shine the light on who is doing what and how the roles of your team intersect. The larger the team, the more time and space you will need.
You can do this activity for a variety of reasons and change the questions or the debrief. It could be useful to:
This is an exercise that will take some time and might involve some negotiation and conflict management skills.
It is important that there is enough time to do this thoroughly and to spend the time debriefing it to ensure value is gained from this activity.
If the team is large (more than 10 people) consider doing this in sub-teams, rather than as one large circle. If you have a few sub-teams, you can then draw lines to connect sub-teams.
A challenge might be the space especially in teams with more than 8 people. If a large whiteboard or wall is not available, consider using tape and strings.
What are other ways to discuss roles and responsibilities? Please share 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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