The Effective Team Member:
A Consensus Activity
1. To learn the characteristics of the effective team member.
2. To learn the techniques of reaching a consensus decision.
3. To learn how to observe team dynamics.
A training exercise for a group of up to 20 people.
A training room with two sets of chairs arranged in a circle. The result
is a circle within a circle.
A copy of Characteristics of an Effective Team Member, Guidelines for
Reaching a Consensus, and Observation Guide for each person.
1. Divide the group in half. A simple way to do this is to go around
the group and have them count off “1, 2, 1, 2…”
2. Have the “1s” form the inner circle and the “2s” form the outer
circle. Each person from the outer circle is teamed up with one
person from the inner circle. These teams of two meet briefly to
have the inner circle person identify some team member skills he
or she wants to improve and wants the outer circle person to
3. The outer circle people are given the Observation Guide to use as
a guide to observing the inner group. Under “other” they should
add the skills their partner wants to improve.
4. The inner group is given the Characteristics of an Effective Team
Member. They are asked to rank the characteristics in order of
their importance to team effectiveness. Then they are asked to
discuss and come up with a team consensus on the ranking of the
characteristics. The time limit is 30 to 45 minutes.
5. The inner circle members meet with their outer circle partner to
discuss and receive feedback on their participation with special
emphasis on the areas they wanted to improve.