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a Contribution
PURPOSE:
1. To expand team members’ awareness of their contribution to the
team.
2. To experience feedback on personal contribution.
GROUP SIZE:
8 to 12 team members
TIME:
Up to 2 hours
PHYSICAL
SETTING:
A room large enough to post ranking cards on the walls. Arrange the
ranking cards from 1 to 10 horizontally along a wall.
MATERIALS:
1. Paper, pencils, tape or push pins for each team member.
2. Ranking cards made from 8½ x 11-inch sheets. Each card should
have a separate number on it so that each number from 1 to 7 has
its own card.
3. Flipchart paper and markers.
PROCESS:
1. The facilitator asks each team member to reflect for a few minutes
about his or her own contribution to the team’s ability to achieve
its purpose. Each member should arrive at a rank level for the
contribution. A ranking of 1 indicates little contribution to the team,
and a ranking of 7 indicates high contribution to the team’s ability
to achieve its purpose.
2. The facilitator asks the team leader to reflect on each team
member’s contributions to the team’s ability to achieve its
purpose.
3. The facilitator then asks the team members to go to the wall
where the ranking cards are posted and stand below the card that
they feel reflects their contribution to the team.
4. Each member will be asked in turn to explain the reasons why
they ranked themselves in their particular position and how they
arrived at their decision.
5. The team leader will then record the individual rankings on the
Summary Sheet.
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6. The team leader will then arrange the team members in the
positions that he or she decided upon during the reflection period.
The leader will discuss the reasons why rankings were different or
the same as the individual member’s rankings.
7. The leader and the individual members develop action plans that
will increase each person’s contribution to the team’s ability to
achieve its purpose.
VARIATIONS:
1. The team leader step (#6) is omitted.
2. The number of rounds may be varied.
3. Other traits (e.g., communication or listening) may be substituted.
4. Another personal feedback activity is Activity 31, R
X
for Team
Effectiveness.
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Summary Sheet
Instructions:
Rank each team member according to your assessment of his or her contribution to the
overall success of your team. A ranking of 1 indicates limited contribution, a ranking of 7
indicates high contribution.
Team Leader Rankings
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Individual Member Rankings
1
2
3
4
5
6
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