The goal of this real-world About Me & My Preferences Team-Building Exercise is to increase teammates’ understanding of each other’s work preferences.
I used this exercise many times in my 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 address their most important work preferences.
Doing that means they can create meaningful Work AgreementsA Work Agreement is a collective teammate promise to transform non-productive, adversarial behavior into collaborative teamwork behavior. More to build and sustain Right-Minded Teamwork.
Do this exercise, and you will be following Reason’s Right-Minded Teamwork philosophy of Do No Harm and Work as One.
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While you’re at it, download our Free eBook – Reason, Ego & the Right-Minded Teamwork MythIn this short story, we will meet three characters: Reason, Ego and the Decision-Maker. Each plays a key role in creating or destroying teamwork. More: The Philosophy and Process for Creating a Right-Minded Team That Works as One.
This book teaches two significant Right-Minded Teamwork (RMT) concepts:
- The RMT Myth, a short tale that presents the underlying teamwork philosophy, and
- The RMT team-building process.
The RMT Myth is a short, simple story. It follows three characters: ReasonReason is a mythological character and symbolic guide who shows you how to think and behave in a Right-Minded way. As your Right-Minded teacher, Reason helps you differentiate and choose between Right-Minded and wrong-minded attitudes and behaviors. More, EgoEgo is the negative, wrong-minded teacher who continually tells you how difficult the world is and how you must constantly fight to survive. More, and you, the Decision-MakerThe Right Choice Model uses the term “Decision-Maker” to describe the part of you that chooses to listen to Ego or Reason. More. The myth illustrates the Right-Minded Teamwork philosophy, sort of like an aspirational thought systemWhat you believe is your thought system. Pause and reflect on this truth, and above all, be thankful that it is true. More. The RMT process is a set of interconnected, team-building methods that together form a self-perpetuating, continuous improvement system.
Betsy Bond –
I used this approach in a recent workshop to get a team of leaders new to each other to come together in a meaningful way. Work preferences is a practical way to build a team. Great content.
Dan Hogan –
Hi Betsy, Thank you for your review and more importantly, to learn how it helped you help your client team!
Dan Hogan –
Hello fellow teammates! Dan Hogan here. I’m the co-creator of Right-Minded Teamwork.
I used the “About Me & My Preferences” team-building exercise probably 100 times over my three-decade career. It worked every time. It’s much faster than a personality-type-style workshop and much more “fit for purpose.”