All About Me & All About Us

Building a strong and connected team takes effort.  This simple activity will provide the team with insights into the individual team members as well as possible ideas to better the team.  Or, make up your own questions. This team engagement exercise involves talking through questions that are at first answered by the team members and then discussed as a group.  …

Activity: Fly Your Team to New Heights

In this activity, your team will be able to analyze their current state and also identify areas they would like to improve.  Using the metaphor of the four forces of flight, you can facilitate a conversation about how your team is doing and where they want to focus. The Beginning of Human Flight The idea of flight has long fascinated …

Team Activity to Understand Roles & Responsibilities

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 …

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 …