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Why Are
We Here?
PURPOSE:
1. To create an agenda for a team meeting.
2. To identify a set of commonly perceived issues facing a work
team.
3. To develop team effectiveness skills.
GROUP SIZE:
This exercise works best with an intact team of 12 or less.
TIME:
60 minutes
PHYSICAL
SETTING:
A room large enough for the team to work comfortably and that has
wall space for posting flipchart paper.
MATERIALS:
Easel, flipchart, markers, or push pins.
PROCESS:
1. The facilitator discusses the goals of the activity and gives an
overview of the process.
2. Team members are asked to form triads and discuss and list the
issues they believe should be dealt with in the full team meeting.
3. Each triad posts their answers on a flipchart, then reassembles
and presents their lists.
4. Lists are posted on a wall. Duplicate issues are eliminated. Similar
items are combined.
5. Each triad then selects the three most important issues.
6. The facilitator prepares a new list of all the important issues.
7. The facilitator asks the participants to rank order the new list
according to the urgency of the issue. The most urgent issue
should be ranked “1” and so on.
8. The facilitator tallies the rankings.
9. The final rank order list of the issues is posted.
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VARIATIONS:
1. A criterion other than “urgency” can be used. For example:
Issues that we control, or
Issues that we can resolve today.
2. Team members can be asked to submit their issues to the leader
prior to the meeting. The meeting starts with a presentation of the
list of all issues submitted. The team discusses the issues and
ranks them.
3. Another way to create an agenda is to use a team assessment
survey. See Activity 15, Characteristics of an Effective Work
Team: An Assessment Activity.

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