I am developing a more in-depth Teamwork class. The unusual thing is it not be for an intact team, it will be an open course, hopefully for many of those that just went through a supervisory/management training in 2014. I am looking for a team building activity of about an hour long that can reinforce the in-depth discussion that will precede it.
RSVP Design Response
One possibility would be Reversal, which is an excellent supervisory team building activity. It illustrates differences in personal styles, levels of confidence and the ability to support other teammates. It also requires basic project planning skills, and instruction & delegation of responsibility - which might be ideal if the delegates have just been through a supervisory /management training programme. It will work with a eam who hasn worked together before, and can have a leadership role that is rotated across the group.
If using your experiential activity for einforcement (offering a practice opportunity to put a theory/discussion into action) then make your sure that your chosen activity will allow you to review task & process performance against the required theory or discussion topic. If your chosen activity is predictable then you can prepare some key review questions in advance. For example here are some review questions we know that could work with Reversal, and are relevant to supervisory/management training:
1. Think about the process for achieving this task. How well did you use the people available to you to get the job done?
2. What did you notice about individual styles and skills during the exercise? What specific behaviours were particularly helpful, both in achieving the task and supporting the team? Is there anything which individuals could have done differently to improve team effectiveness?
3. This exercise helps you to realize that different people are comfortable with handling different amounts of information and responsibility. What happened if people made mistakes or got confused? What can a supervisor do in these circumstances?
4. This exercise involves many of the skills required for effective supervision of teams and delegation of tasks. What are the specific behaviours that a supervisor or team leader can apply in team briefings or in task allocation to enhance team performance?
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