Team Activity: It’s A Small World After All

Use one of the three mapping activities below to help your team discover more about each other or to prepare to travel effectively together. Supplies (vary depending on which activity you select): A poster of a world map (or a smaller copy of the world map for each team member) Tacks or Stick Pins or Dot Stickers (each team member …

5 Ways to Express Gratitude at Work in 5 Minutes (or less)

We all share a need to be appreciated and significant.  One simple way to ensure your team feels like they matter is to express sincere gratitude to them. Growing research about the act of gratitude tells us it builds self-esteem, improves relationships, reduces depression, and even helps us sleep better! The good news is it easy to do. Here are …

Photo Metaphors: Connect the Team to the Agenda Topic

Using photos to stimulate ideas or conversation is one of my favorite facilitator activities.  Its super easy to do and I find most people really enjoy and connect with the visual aspects of this engagement. All you need are some interesting photos.  You can purchase a set of photo cards, or use your own.  Feel free to use the three …

What If A Leader Shows Vulnerability?

A team’s willingness to be vulnerable usually begins with the leader.  The behaviors of the leader encourage or discourage vulnerability.  When trust is high, team members are more willing to be authentic and vulnerability because they feel safe. Here are some observable ways vulnerability shows up in teams: Team members are willing to take thoughtful risks without fearing the repercussions …

Forced Choice: Activity to Take the Pulse of A Group

The forced choice activity can be facilitated during training and working meetings to better understand the viewpoints of your group about a particular topic.  I learned this engagement from Mark Smith*, CEO of Leadership Resource Institute and author of The Distinctive Leader, when we co-facilitated his Distinctive Leadership course. Mark and I used the activity to drive home the importance …

Advice for the Achievers of the World (from one to another)

The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. Brene Brown It is rare that I meet a leader that doesn’t self-identify as an achiever. If you are reading this, …

6 Simple Ways Leaders Can Build Trust

In a recent Better Teams survey 38% of respondents cited trust as their biggest team related challenge. Building and maintaining trust is one of the most prevalent challenges for leaders. Without psychological safety teams struggle with the work as well as interpersonally. Why is trust such a sticking point for teams?  Perhaps it is the fundamental need we have to …

10 Signs Your Team’s Trust is Strong

While trust itself is technically invisible, the symptoms and results of trust are very observable and tangible. Here are 10 signs your team has high trust: 1. Everyone openly engages in your meetings.  The team is quick to collaborate and share ideas with each other. This interaction feels natural and relaxed. The team easily launches into meaningful discussions where everyone …