Simple Team Building Activity: T-shirt Show & Tell in the Workplace

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 …

Team Reflections Activity: Highs, Lows & Lessons Learned in the Workplace

Taking time to reflect on shared experiences is a bonding experience for a team.  At at time of transition, this process can allow for meaningful closure.  Here are some times this activity would be very powerful: At an annual team meeting At the final meeting of a team before it disbands (for any reason) As the closing activity of a …

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 …

Important 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 …

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 …