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 …

Coaching Questions to Respectfully Challenge Ideas

Leaders are accountable to achieve results and also to coach and develop their team.  Asking questions (also known as “coaching”) is a way to accomplish both. Below are some questions you can ask to coach someone to think about their ideas or challenges from another perspective – with the goal of helping them have their own insight(s). Before asking any …

Easy Team Activity: T-shirt Show & Tell

GUEST BLOGGER: Jinnie Lee Schmid, Performance Improvement Specialist One thing I learned early in my consulting career is that “right tech” is more important than “high tech.” In other words, something doesn’t have to be fancy to be effective – and in fact, sometimes simple is best.  Case in point: this super-easy team building activity literally doesn’t cost a thing – no …

People Mapping Activity

People Mapping is a fun, energizing icebreaker that can be used to emphasize the value of having different perspectives on a team. In this 5-minute activity, the room you are in becomes a metaphorical map and participants move to the place on the map that represents where they live. I experienced this activity first hand when Steve Bush*, Managing Director …

How to Reduce Conflict On Your Team (In Hours)

If you ask a team what their biggest challenges are, most will talk about communication issues. And, if you peel back another layer, they often talk about misunderstandings or differences in the way team members communicate with each other. This is why I love using the DISC Communication Styles model with teams. This three-part article covers: 1. Understanding the four …