Taking time to reflect on shared experiences is a bonding experience for a team. At a time of transition, this process can allow for meaningful closure. Here are some times this activity would be very powerful:
Be sure you have at least an hour for this activity, even longer with a large team. Team Reflections is an activity that should not be rushed. It should allow space when emotions need to be expressed.
When I first experienced this activity with facilitator Tierah Chorba of Veritas Visioneering, we were having our final meeting after five years in a President’s Round Table Group – which we affectionately called our Mastermind Group. Both work-related and very personal highs and lows were shared. It was a very cathartic and powerful experience that allowed us the opportunity to recognize all our team had been through together.
Prior to the activity hang up three rows of the string (at least 10 feet across). Use removable plastic hooks to stick to the wall and hang the string. You may need a helper. (allow 5-10 minutes)
1. To begin with, you can give each person a different color clip (they come in multiple colors) or ask people to put their name or initials on their cards so the team can ask follow up questions if needed.
2. Keep the debrief moving at a good pace so this doesn’t drag out, yet don’t rush anything that the team wants to discuss more or acknowledge.
3. Intentionally begin with lows and end with highs so you finish the activity celebrating and people leave on a high note.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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