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Team Building
Intervention Models
The design of a team building intervention model is dependent upon the organizational
context and the purpose of the work teams. Several options are available. We have
included two samples for your consideration.
Module #1: Half-Day Data Sharing Session
Intervention Design
STEP 1:
Conduct one-on-one interviews with the client and team members.
STEP 2:
Hold a team meeting to provide feedback on the one-on-one interviews.
STEP 3:
Develop action plans designed to deal with the issues raised, themes
presented and problems identified by setting dates and times for follow-
up meeting, and assigning action items.
Various exercises in this manual can be used to support this model. For example, Activity
29, Team Building Interview Guide, would be useful in Step 1.
Module #2: Full-Day Session on Mission, Purpose and Vision
Intervention Design
STEP 1:
This model is used to help clarify mission, purpose, or to create a new
vision for teams. Again, Step 1 is a data gathering phase intended to
uncover the mission, purpose, and/or clarify the vision of the team.
STEP 2:
Using one of the activities in this manual, write a mission or purpose
statement or conduct a visioning exercise. See, for example, Activity
24, Creating a Team Mission, and Activity 30, Visioning a Vision.
STEP 3:
Conduct a focus group regarding the product of Step 2 for feedback.
STEP 4:
Build an action plan to implement the product of Step 3.
STEP 5:
Establish follow-up plans, dates, and times.
The model presented in Module #2 can be modified for such topics as role clarification,
team development, problem solving, or conflict resolution. The key to successfully using
these activities is an understanding that they are vehicles for improving performance and
increasing the ability of the teams to be self-directed and self-renewing.
Index to Activities
No.
Title
Page
Ice-Breakers
Evaluations
Diagnosis
Team
Effectiveness
Skills Building
Conflict Role
Problem
Solving
Decision
Making
Group Skills
Team
Communication
Team
Leadership
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
Index to Activities (continued)
No.
Title
Page
Ice-Breakers
Evaluations
Diagnosis
Team
Effectiveness
Skills Building
Conflict Role
Problem
Solving
Decision
Making
Group Skills
Team
Communication
Team
Leadership
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
31 R
X
for Team Effectiveness 125
32 The Team of Your Life 127
33 I Think I Make a Contribution 129

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