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PURPOSE:
1. To share positive experiences as a member of a team.
2. To develop a shared understanding of team success factors.
3. To develop a list of team norms.
GROUP SIZE:
Works effectively with a team of 4 to 8 people. It can also be used in a
team training workshop with a large number of people. In that case,
the class should be divided into teams of 6 to 9 people.
TIME:
30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of team members
PHYSICAL
SETTING:
Team building with one team: small room with a round or rectangular
table and chairs, or chairs only arranged in a circle. For a team
training workshop: round or rectangular tables and chairs spread out
around the room.
MATERIALS:
1. Easel, flipchart and markers.
2. For a team training workshop, each team will need an easel or
just flipchart paper, markers, and tape or push pins.
PROCESS:
1. Facilitator explains the purpose of the activity and that the
participants’ experiences on teams will be used to help
understand the dimensions of an effective team.
2. Facilitator explains that each person will be asked to:
a) Describe his or her best experience as a team member—
either formal, informal, on-the-job, or off-the-job.
b) Explain what made the experience “special”—what happened,
what worked, what specific things did the team do?
3. Facilitator explains that after the experiences have been shared,
the team will create a list of team norms. The team should draw
on their positive experiences to develop the list. In other words,
what positive things from their past experiences do they want to
bring to this team? The facilitator explains that norms are
“standards of behavior a team expects of its members.” They are
guidelines for acceptable behavior.
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4. Team members share their experiences and the team develops its
list of norms. In a team training class, each team may share its list
of norms with the total group.
5. The facilitator closes the session by saying that the norms now
become the guidelines by which the team will live for as long as
they like. They may be revised periodically.
VARIATIONS:
1. Team members may share their “worst” experience on a team.
2. The team norms may be developed by creating two columns:
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