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 …

Our Need to Be Significant

One of our fundamental human needs is to know that we are significant – that we matter.  Serving on a team is one way to fulfill that need. Leaders have opportunities every day to encourage team members through their comments and questions. “Vision comes alive when everyone sees where his or her contribution makes a difference.”  Ken Blanchard How do you …

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 …

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 …