In today's collaborative workspace, team building is not just about improving performance but understanding the intricate dynamics of interpersonal relationships. One such team activity that enhances positive team relationships is the "Mirror Activity." This unique exercise offers individuals a chance to see themselves through their teammates' eyes, strengthening trust and fostering positive communication.
Why the 'Mirror Activity'?
Team building exercises often focus on tasks or challenges. While these are effective, there's a need for activities that delve deeper into interpersonal dynamics. The Mirror Activity fills this gap. By focusing on external reflection, participants gain insights into how they're perceived within their team. More than just feedback, it's a journey into mutual respect and understanding, crucial for building trust.
Instructions for 'Mirror Activity' Team Activity
- Sit in a circle, where everyone can be seen.
- One individual is randomly chosen to be the first focal point.
- Going around the circle, the rest of the team shares positive perceptions and traits they associate with them. It could be something like, "Your dedication always inspires the team," or "Your knack for problem-solving has saved us countless times!"
- After everyone shares, the person in the spotlight reflects on the insights, fostering deeper trust and understanding.
- Repeat until each team member has been in the spotlight. Be sure to start the feedback with a different person each time.
Benefits of the Activity for Team Building
- Building Trust: Recognizing the positive traits others see in us can significantly boost trust within the team.
- Boosting Morale: It's an excellent team activity for morale, allowing members to feel valued and understood.
- Enhancing Self-awareness: Often, we're blind to our strengths. This activity shines a light on them.
- Strengthening Bonds: Positive communication is at the heart of this activity, ensuring stronger team bonds.
In conclusion, the Mirror Activity stands out as a team activity that's both enlightening and trust-enhancing. In a world where relationships and collaboration are key, such exercises are essential for fostering a positive and productive team environment.
About the Author
Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams, Team Consultant Academy, 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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