Team Reflections Activity: Highs, Lows & Lessons Learned in the Workplace

Taking time to reflect on shared experiences is a bonding experience for a team.  At a time of transition, this process can allow for meaningful closure.  Here are some times this activity would be very powerful: For example, at an annual team meeting At the final meeting of a team before it disbands (for any reason) As the closing activity …

Activity: Establishing a “Best Team” Culture

GUEST BLOGGER:  Mark S. Smith, Executive Coach & Author [This is a modified excerpt from Distinctions: 52 Lessons in Leadership by Mark S. Smith] Great teams often have the togetherness that shows itself in continued relationships outside of the organization. Poor teams don’t even want to get together within the organization, let alone outside of it. The leader’s role, therefore, …

Important Questions to Assimilate a New Team Member or New Leader

When a new leader or team member joins a team, it is important to proactively assimilate that person into the team.  The quicker this happens, the less stressful it is for everyone on the team.  This activity includes a list of questions that a team can use to generate a healthy dialogue. Use these questions to begin to gaining knowledge …

Enjoyable Team Activity: Fun Pictures From the Past

There is so much we don’t know about our colleagues.  We often know very little about their personal lives and interests, let alone about their childhood and teenage years.  When I learn something about someone’s early life it often gives me a new perspective and appreciation for who they are and what they value. The people we are closest too …

Break the Ice with The Four Quadrants Activity: Simple Team Building Activity

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: It is EASY to prep for and set up. It can be MODIFIED to work with any group and/or topic (just change the questions). It is FUN, COLORFUL and VISUAL. I learned this …