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21 Jan

Take one (or more) for the Team: 5 group activities that build trust, commitment & accountability

  In his bestseller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, author Patrick Lencioni describes five primary reasons teams fail. (To which some will say, only half-jokingly, “What, only five!?”) By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings Using these dysfunctions as a framework, I’ll profile corresponding team building exercises that turn the dysfunction into engaging, purposeful function. Each one has been designed by top team building design consultancy Wildly Different, and proven in the “wilds” of corporations and associations nationwide. Absence of Trust We know trust is the cornerstone of solid teams.  A ropes course is a classic and now-tired way to instill team trust. Here’s a fully fresh and fun approach. Team Dynamics Dash: This activity requires teams to work together and open up to one another to complete tasks. EG: In one task, teammates share what they see as each person’s main strength. In another, they must agree on the critical items to choose if “stranded at sea.” Such discussions can get heated as perspectives differ. Lessons learned are covered in a closing debrief to help everyone recognize “a-ha” moments. Indeed, when team members open up and raise awareness by putting team dynamics to the test, they become…