You always want to plan and implement preventions and interventions for every team building workshop because they will increase the likelihood of success.
Ask the leader:
- What could possibly go wrong in the workshop?
- How can we prevent those wrongs from happening?
- How will we intervene if those wrongs do happen?
This is a time when it’s OK to get negative.
Think of each teammate, one at a time, and ask, What could they do to block or disrupt this workshop? Will they disagree with a position and / or a teammate in the meeting?
The prevention-intervention conversation often starts at Step 2 but you need to finalize it in Step 9 of the 12-step design process.
There are two types of barriers or wrongs.
- process barriers
- people barriers
These barriers can be minor nuisances or major problems. That means you’ll want to create and implement the right level of prevention for each barrier. Plus you will certainly want to address the major barriers that you and the team leader believe will likely happen.
Examples of process barriers:
- An interdependent virtual team is divided by six time zones.
- Because of shift work, not all teammates can attend the workshop.
- Too many layers of management approval slows down processing.
Examples of people barriers:
- Language and/or cultural differences.
- A teammate who is negative about team building.
- Toxic and ongoing unresolved conflict between teammates.
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