This book is dedicated to our wives,
Judy Parker and Barbara Davies,
in thanks for their continued support and love.
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Table of Contents
Introduction ..................................................................................................................... vii
A Team Building Process................................................................................................ ix
Team Building Intervention Models.............................................................................. x
Index to Activities ............................................................................................................ xi
Activities
1. Tricky Tales: A Cross-Team Building Approach ................................................ 3
2. Yea Team! ............................................................................................................ 15
3. Bringing Up the Boss ........................................................................................... 19
4. Robin Hood—An Empowerment Activity........................................................... 21
5. The Ball Game ..................................................................................................... 23
6. Really… But I Thought! ...................................................................................... 25
7. Dealing with Problem People on Teams.............................................................. 27
8. Resolving Intergroup Conflict.............................................................................. 31
9. A Breath of Fresh Air........................................................................................... 33
10. Self-Renewal: An Activity for a Mature Team.................................................... 35
11. The Car Case ........................................................................................................ 37
12. Why Are We Here? .............................................................................................. 41
13. Skills for Sale ....................................................................................................... 43
14. TMS—A Process for Role Clarification .............................................................. 45
15. Characteristics of an Effective Work Team:
An Assessment Activity....................................................................................... 49
16. Drawings .............................................................................................................. 53
17. Communicating About Conflict........................................................................... 55
18. Freeze Frame: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in Teams ................................. 59
19. My Team and Me ................................................................................................. 61
20. Mapping Team Success........................................................................................ 65
21. Darts: A Get Acquainted Activity........................................................................ 69
22. Project “OP” ......................................................................................................... 75
23. The Victory Tour.................................................................................................. 79
24. Creating a Team Mission ..................................................................................... 89
25. The Product Development Team ......................................................................... 95
26. Transition Team Building ....................................................................................101
27. Forming New Teams............................................................................................103
28. Linking Team Problem Solving with Corporate Strategy ...................................115
29. Team Building Interview Guide...........................................................................119
30. Visioning a Vision................................................................................................123
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31. R
X
for Team Effectiveness...................................................................................125
32. The Team of Your Life ........................................................................................127
33. I Think I Make a Contribution .............................................................................129
34. Team on Team......................................................................................................133
35. Team Development: A Grid Perspective .............................................................137
36. Selecting a Problem Solution ...............................................................................141
37. Selecting a Team Problem ...................................................................................147
38. Project Rescue ......................................................................................................153
39. Roadblocks: A Constraint Activity ......................................................................159
40. The Quality Case: An Ethical Dilemma...............................................................169
41. Tuff Jobs...............................................................................................................175
42. Questions We Ask Ourselves...............................................................................183
43. Team Conflict Mode ............................................................................................187
44. That’s Me: A Get Acquainted Activity................................................................193
45. The Effective Team Member: A Consensus Activity ..........................................197
46. Creating a Team Logo..........................................................................................205
47. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter........................................207
48. Interdependent Images .........................................................................................209
49. SOS: An OD Intervention ....................................................................................211
50. Improving Team Meetings...................................................................................215

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