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 …

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 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, is …

Questions to Assimilate New Team Members

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 …

Activity: 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 …

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 …