Breaking the Ice Between Teams

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BREAKING THE ICE BETWEEN TEAMS

Objective

This exercise makes it easy for leaders of other teams to come together as a group

For the purpose of updating one another on recent developments in their own work groups.

The exchange is a way to break the ice in a team-building session without requiring people to expose themselves beyond their individual comfort level.

Preparation

You will need one of the “ Team starter Worksheet” for each participant. Each participant will need a pen or pencil for completing the worksheet.

Procedures

Introduce the exercise by pointing out that the press of business sometimes makes it difficult to keep up with one another and that at the beginning of this session it is important to know what everyone’s expectations are.

Inform the participants that their goal will be to update one another when necessary on recent developments in their respective work situations.

Give everyone a copy of the Worksheet and instruct them to take about five minutes to complete it. Ask them to work quietly and to remain quiet until everyone has finished.

When all have finished ask each participant to read his/her responses aloud. After each person finishes, ask the rest of the group members to summarize what were said by that person.

5. Ask the group members what themes they heard. Then ask whether or not there are things that surfaced during this disclosure that will need the attention of the group during this team-building session.

Closure

Make a transition statement that will lead into the next activity. For example: “ now that we’ve heard what is going on with each of the group members, let’s turn our attention to how this team-building session can help is to support one another during the rest of this session and in the future.”

Time Required
30 minutes

Location
Seated place

Team Starter Work Sheet

Directions

In this space below, take five minutes to make notes on how things are going for you and your own group at the present time and what is on the horizon.

| |How things Are Right Now |Good News |Bad News |What Is Unclear | | | | | | | | | | | | | |My Work Group | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |My Own | | | | | |Group | | | | |

What I think will happen in the future:

What I hope won’t happen in the future:

POSITVE STROKES

Objective

To have participants go home with positive affirmations.
Primarily designed for workshop sessions (25 or fewer participants).

Procedures

Two or three things during the session, each person fills out a card about the other participants, completing sentences such as:

“ THE THINGS I LIKE BEST ABOUT (name) ARE,”
“ THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT I SAW IN (name) IS”

At the end of the day, the folded cards are passed out and read loud and then given to the named person. He/she then goes home with 15 to 25 positive affirmations.

Approximate Time Required
15 minutes

Location
Seated place

I WISH, I WISH….

Objective

To learn how to work...
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