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Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers

Book Description

Every group can benefit from team-building exercises. But sometimes it’s not practical to embark on a full-scale training initiative. Now, supervisors, managers, and team leaders have 50 team-building activities to choose from, all of which can be implemented with no special facilities, big expense, or previous training experience. Readers will find engaging exercises for: * Building new teams and helping teams with new members * Dealing with change and its effects: anger, fear, frustration, and more * Recognizing individual efforts and team accomplishments * Finding creative ways to work together and solve problems * Increasing and improving communication * Leveraging diversity and individual differences to meet team goals * Keeping competition healthy and productive within the team Instructions and tips for follow-up and variations are included for each activity, and an additional chapter provides valuable advice for working through unexpected difficulties in team-building.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. Part I. Getting Ready
    1. CHAPTER 1. How to Run a Successful Team-Building Activity
      1. STEP 1. BEFORE: SELECT AN ACTIVITY THAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR TEAM
      2. STEP 2. BEFORE: PREPARE FOR YOUR TEAM-BUILDING ACTIVITY
      3. STEP 3. DURING: EXPLAIN THE ACTIVITY TO THE TEAM
      4. STEP 4. DURING: CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING BEFORE BEGINNING
      5. STEP 5. DURING: RUN THE ACTIVITY
      6. STEP 6. DURING: DEBRIEF THE ACTIVITY
      7. STEP 7. AFTER: REINFORCE THE LEARNING BACK ON THE JOB
    2. CHAPTER 2. What Could Go Wrong in a Team-Building Activity
  8. Part II. The Activities
    1. CHAPTER 3. Communication: Listening and Influencing
      1. $2 NEGOTIATION
      2. CARD TRIANGLES
      3. LISTEN UP
      4. ME, MYSELF, AND I
      5. ORIGAMI
      6. SHARED VALUES
      7. WASHING MACHINES
    2. CHAPTER 4. Connecting: Getting to Know Each Other
      1. A DAY IN THE LIFE . . .
      2. GOSSIP TIME
      3. HUMAN BILLBOARDS
      4. MY N.A.M.E.
      5. A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
      6. RATHER THAN
      7. READY, SET, REORGANIZE!
      8. SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
      9. SWEET STORIES
    3. CHAPTER 5. Cooperation: Working Together as a Team
      1. CATCH!
      2. PASS THE CARD
      3. POPCORN
      4. PUZZLED
      5. SILENCE IS GOLDEN
      6. STAR POWER
      7. TIED!
      8. UNITED HEARTS
    4. CHAPTER 6. Coping: Dealing with Change
      1. CHANGE TIME LINE
      2. GUESS AND SWITCH
      3. INDEX TOWERS
      4. MACHINES
      5. MAKEOVERS
      6. NUMBERS
      7. PUZZLED THUMBS
      8. SIMON SEZ
      9. WRONG-HANDED PICTURE
    5. CHAPTER 7. Creativity: Solving Problems Together
      1. SEVEN HANDS
      2. BALLOON SCULPTURES
      3. CARD STACK
      4. CONSULTANTS
      5. IMPROVE THIS
      6. ONE-WORDED STORIES
      7. PAPER SHUFFLE
    6. CHAPTER 8. Teamwork: Appreciating and Supporting Each Other
      1. BLAME GAME
      2. BUT NOTHING (FEEDBACK)
      3. BUT NOTHING (IDEAS)
      4. FIRST IMPRESSIONS
      5. JUNK TO JEWELS
      6. KUDOS
      7. LABELS
      8. RAINBOW OF DIVERSITY
      9. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME
      10. ZYX
  9. Index
  10. About the Author