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A Human Resources Planning
Society study of 100 Fortune-500 companies with teams found that 80% of
their respondents had trouble evaluating the team's work.
here for team building activities on-line or to request a free "Team
Effectiveness Inventory" tool.
For a team to be effective, it
needs to develop in four key areas: communication, organization,
problem solving, and teamwork. Communication is a multitude of
skills including listening, giving feedback, and conflict management.
Organization means having a purpose or mission, goals and objectives, as
well as developing management skills for meetings, time, and projects.
Problem Solving involves training in techniques and tools for idea
generation, decision-making, processes and procedures, and quality control.
However, all these skills require that a team first develop through teaching
methods or projects that build teamwork. Teamwork attributes include
cooperation, mutual respect and trust, as well as involvement and
Teams can use spreadsheet
software to track measurable progress towards goals, provide graphs to
management, and track their progress as a team. Word processing
software may be used to create standard forms or checklists and document
processes and procedures.
Click here for detailed PC hints on-line.
Sometimes when you have a
gathering of people, you want them to sit with new people rather than with
whom they always work or socialize. Here is a little mixer I came up
with for training sessions I did where the department managers wanted their
people to meet others in the department besides their immediate work group.
I call it “Luck of the Draw” and it only requires a regular deck of playing
cards and making some signs. Here is the setup and rounds for mixing
it up with up to 30 people.
For 30 people, put 6 people each at 5 tables. On each table, place a sign
that has the following card deck suits: Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades,
and Royals. If planning to mix up the group more after a break or midway,
then also number the signs 1-5.
Take only the amount of each suit out of the card deck needed per seat at a
table. For 6 seats per table, take out 6 numbered hearts, clubs, diamonds,
and spades. Then take any 6 jacks, queens, or kings from the deck for the 5th
table called Royals. Then make multiple hands of cards with one from each
suit. If the group will be large.
As people come through the door, have them draw a card from the ones in the
greeter’s hand. Then have them sit at the table that matches the suit on
If another mix of people is desired sometime during the session or event,
then have each person at each table call off a number by going clockwise
around the table( and clockwise to the next table) 1 through 5. For 6
people per table, have the first 5 number as 1-5, then the 6th
starts over at 1 with the next table being 2-5, then starting the numbering
over again before moving to next table, and so-on until everyone has a
number. Then each person and their things move to the numbered table
matching their called number.
"When a team outgrows
individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a
- Joe Paterno
Offering Team building sessions of
1-hour each in various cities throughout June and July 2004.
These sessions provide activities
that emphasize a necessary characteristic or skill related to team building.
Session topics are:
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