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Tools to inject energy into the process, get people moving, and have fun.
This method is useful for evaluating a project currently in progress, to see if any adjustments need to be made for the team to work more effectively together. It provides a framework for discussion. Participants focus on the things that are helping and hindering the team process, and create action steps for improvement.
Gather the team around a flipchart or whiteboard. Give each person pens and post-its.
If you have a group larger than 10, you can split them into smaller sub-groups, run the exercise, and discuss the exercise as a whole at the end.
Draw one of the following images on the flipchart/board. They all work well, but will yield slightly different results:
A boat with a sail and an anchor. The Sail represents things that are driving the project forward, and the Anchor things that are holding it back.
A wheel with five sections named: stop, start, continue, do more, do less.
Three columns named: mad (with an angry face); sad (sad face); glad (happy face).
Ask team members to add post-its to the flipchart with words for each category, individually and in silence. Give them as much or as little time as you have, but 5-10 minutes should be enough.
They should now cluster the notes in each category. Identifying duplicates, patterns, and overlaps.
Once the notes are organized, the team can discuss what has emerged. Is anything surprising? What are the commonalities? What have we seen before? How do we feel about this? Discuss for about 15-20 minutes . Try to keep the discussion focused. Ensure that team members don’t slip into generalizations or blaming each other. The goal is to have an effective, efficient discussion about the process so far.
Once the discussion has reached an end the team should define some actions. Ensure that they are written down, shared between the team and relevant stakeholders, and given a deadline for completion.
The purpose of this simple exercise is to demonstrate three key principles useful for creativity and idea generation: quantity is a condition for quality; building on the ideas of others; the ideas we come up with are usually all the same. The format is simple, with small groups standing and drawing apples. At the end of the exercise the whole group reflects and draws out learnings and reflections.
IDOARRT is a simple tool to support you to lead an effective meeting or group process by setting out clear purpose, structure and goals at the very beginning. It aims to enable all participants to understand every aspect of the meeting or process, which creates the security of a common ground to start from. The acronym stands for Intention, Desired Outcome, Agenda, Rules, Roles and Responsibilities and Time.
A short activity to run early in a program, focused on sharing fears, anxieties and uncertainties related to the program theme. The purpose is to create openness within a group. The stinky fish is a metaphor for "that thing that you carry around but don’t like to talk about; but the longer you hide it, the stinkier it gets." By putting stinky fish (fears and anxieties) on the table, participants begin relate to each other, become more comfortable sharing, and identify a clear area for development and learning.
A team-building activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to move from one end of a space to another. It requires working together creatively and strategically in order to solve a practical, physical problem. It tends to emphasize group communication, cooperation, leadership and membership, patience and problem-solving.
This workshop aims to help participants define, decide and achieve their goals. By supporting participants to envision where they want to be in a number of years on a holistic level, and defining the steps that will take them there, participants get a clearer picture of the action they need to take.
This exercise is useful for bringing groups together, to create interpersonal bonds, and to build trust. Participants stand opposite each other and have 30 seconds to give appreciative feedback to the other person. The group rotates until everyone has given feedback to everyone else. It is often used as part of wrap-up activities, to create an energized feeling to leave with.