Uou've landed on Free Team Building Activities,page 2. This section is chock-full of team techniques and resources to help you guide your team to more effectiveness and higher performance.
missed page 1 where I set the foundation for these activities, go review it now.
On this page you'll get step-by-step guides for the team building techniques I use as a paid corporate Consultant and Professional Facilitator.
Please note: I went to 'great pains' to provide the exact steps for each of the free team building activities I share below. But the real key in doing these exercises successfully and in such a way that your team IMPROVES (and does not moves backward) lies with YOUR ability to build trust with your Team.
That means that the leader and facilitator of these team building activities must able to demonstrate and use these Four Facilitation and Leadership Skills:
These Four Skills will make or break your team building efforts, and your success as a Leader. If you'd think you need to strenghten in these important Leadership & Facilitation Skills, see my self-paced online program here, for more information.
No let's look at the Five Team Building Areas, as discussed on Page 1 and in the Best Seller: Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Here are Free Team Building Activities you can use to strengthen each important Team area.
PERSONAL HISTORY EXERCISE: This free team building activity is powerful and easy. I've used it with numerous teams and they ALL share how meaningful the exercise was for them.
What is It? Why it works: This free team building activity helps team mates learn more about who they work with every day. When we better understand, even a little bit, where people come from and what they've faced, we find more understanding and empathy for who they are and what they do today.
Don't skip this exercise because it looks too easy or personal. Trust IS about being more personal and open with each other, and this is one free team building activity that can help you get there.
Here are the steps for this free team building activity:
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE TEAM - TEAM NORMS:
What Is This? Why it works: This free team building activity is a list of behavior expectations for how the team will engage in discussion and debate. It is created by the team (this is why it works) and is visible and reviewed by all prior to all meetings.
This is so simple and so powerful. I use it in every development and facilitation meeting I hold. It helps the team stay on track and regulate their own behaviors.
Here's the best way to help your team create their own Code of Conduct:
Effective Workplace Communication Self-Paced Training Program: I learned about the Process I teach you in this Program, back when I first started my Consulting Practice.
someone who, in the past had either avoided problems and conflict OR
jumped-in 'too heavy-handed' and made things worse, I was relieved to
find this Process, and finally be more effective in my workplace communications! (It works at home, too!)
The Process, four easy steps, is simple to use. And if you use it, it REALLY WORKS! It helps you remain calm and think clearly. It helps you talk with another person about a problem in such a way that you can actually begin solving the problem, together. It is a truly effective process.
What Is It? Why It Works: This is so easy, you're going to wonder why you haven't been doing it. But this free team building activity will help pay the team back in high performance.
It is basically: recapping decisions at the end of every meeting and then agreeing to communicate those decisions, throughout the company in 24-48 hours.
Your team's level of commitment to decisions made is crucial to having a team that works together effectively. This team building activity works because:
Because team members are agreeing to communicate information about the decisions made, team members tend to speak up and share more. This practice of reviewing commitments and decisions made, is a simple one. But almost no one does it. And it results in unclear decisions and actions.
Over time your team gets used to this process. It does improve commitment, provided you are also working on improving team trust.
Here's how you use it:
THE TEAM EFFECTIVENESS STRENGTH BOMBARDMENT EXERCISE:
What Is It? Why It Works: This exercise helps team mates get more comfortable giving each other feedback, so they can have more honest, trust-building conversations on a daily basis.
It offers direct, actionable feedback about how each person strengths contribute to the team, and it facilitates specific ideas for improving behavior on the team.
It works because we all want to get feedback. And, we all like to give feedback. But we usually do not know how to do "the feedbacl-thing" effectively so we never give or get enough of it.
This exercise makes giving and receiving feedback easy and helpful, and after this exercise the is more likely to become more united, effective and productive.
Others who've done this exercise say that they're energized after it, and that they feel clearer about how their individual strengths help the Team. They also leave this session positively motivated to begin to work on, and change, habits that are not helping the team.
This team building exercise works well after/during a team building class using communication style assessments, like the DISC Assessment. Participants often refer to the 'DISC language' as they share their feedback. (For more information on DISC, see this video article.)
When we start this exercise, sometimes participants are nervous: "Yikes - people are going to give me feedback!!" OR "Yikes, I have to give feedback publicly!!" If you use the format laid out for you EXACTLY as I lay it out below, you'll have success with this exercise, and your team will prosper and grow!
Here's How to Facilitate the Team Effectiveness/Strength Bombardment Exercise:
Question #1: What is this person's single most important contribution to the success on this team?
Question #2: What is the one area this person must improve upon, or eliminate, for the good of the team?
BEFORE YOU START:
Follow the steps as outlined above and you'll experience a more productive team. Contact me if you have questions about this exercise OR you want to share a success. I am eager to hear and help! If you have Questions, you can also post them anonymously a tthe Talk Back Forum.
My 'Take a Personality Quiz'
(DISC Assessment) Online Training Program:
When I do the Strength Bombardment/Team Effectiveness Exercise with Teams, I use the DISC Assessment. I prefer this tool over other Assessments because it is easy for people to understand their results quickly. I offer online access to the DISC Assessment, plus a BUNCH of Debriefing Tools and Resources. Check out this my DISC Assessment Program and Online Resources, Here.
What is it? Why it works: This is one of the most important free team building activities - it's a team scoreboard that's publicized to the Team and 'the World' showing how well the team is progressing in a few key areas.
This is one of the very important free
team building activities you can do, here's why:
You're NOT posting individual departments or individual goals - this is a goal (or several) that the team has decided is it's top priority. It works because:
common team goal is crucial to team success. Changing the team goal
throughout the year may make sense. What you're trying to do here is to get the team to work
together with a common objective in mind.
Here's how it works and how you can use it: