Team-Building Exercise for Understanding Teammate Preferences
The goal of this real-world – About Me & My Preferences Team-Building Exercise – is to increase teammate’s understanding of each other’s work preferences.
I used this exercise many times in my four-decade team-building practice. It was a wildly successful exercise. It never failed. And it is much faster than conducting a personality-type-style workshop.
In most cases, it was actually more effective than personality workshops because teammates addressed their most important work preferences. Doing that meant they were able to create meaningful A Work Agreement is a collective teammate promise to transform non-productive, adversarial behavior into collaborative teamwork behavior. More that helped build and sustain Right-Minded Teamwork.
Do this exercise, and you will be following Reason’s Right-Minded Teamwork philosophy.
- Teammates choose one or two of the below questions to answer.
- They bring their answers to a team meeting that all teammates attend.
- Each teammate shares at least one of their answers.
- Other teammates ask clarifying questions.
- If appropriate, the team or individual teammates will create Work Agreements to resolve identified challenges.
- IMPORTANT: conduct this conversation in a collaborative and compassionate spirit. Find ways to work with other’s preferences. Do not try to change another teammate.
- Remember: Right-Minded Teammates Do No Harm, and they Get Work Done.
Preferences Exercise Questions
- How would you describe your work style? What works or does not work well when it comes to interacting with you and your work style?
- If another teammate thinks you are about to make a mistake, what is the best way for them to respond or call it to your attention? And what will be your responsibility?
- What is the best way for others to express disagreement or alternative opinions without offending you? And what will be your responsibility if they don’t?
- What are your pet peeves? What makes you mad? If you are triggered, what is the best way for you and the other person to recover?
- The biggest mistake another teammate can make with me is _________, and the best way we can recover is __________.
- The best way to communicate with me is __________, and the best way to motivate me is __________.
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To Your Success, Dan Hogan