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Understanding the Team

Team Building Activities – Understanding the Team will help participant understand each other’s personality type.

Differences in personality type is the common cause of conflict in teams. Because of differences in values and beliefs,  many team environments have become unhealthy and even destructive.

However, the understanding of personality type will help you understand why people approach situations and make decisions the way they do.

A good grasp of this will not only avoid conflict, but help each individual in the team unleash their potential.

Purpose:

  • To help participants understand each other better
  • To help the team work together more effectively

Team Size:

About 10-20 participants. A larger number often is optimal because then all four spectrums of personality (D,I,S,C) may be represented in the group.

Materials Required:

A DISC Personality Test Sheet
A DISC Facilitator Sheet

Do note that this is not the original DISC personality test. You should visit the official DISC partner sides if you want to do the full test.

Time Required:

2-3 hours.

Instructions:

  1. Pass out the DISC Personality Test Sheet to the participants. This is a simple test to roughly gauge the personality type of each individual. The instructions are on the sheet.
  2. Give them about 5-10 minutes to do the test.
  3. Before their personality according to the test is revealed to them, you should do a short presentation on the four DISC personality types.
  4. When you are done with the presentation, reveal the results to them with the DISC Facilitator Sheet
  5. Next is the interesting part. Now you divide them into four groups according to their type, and present a few scenario’s to them and request their response.
  6. The responses from each group will be very interesting as they begin to see the difference in their values and their responses. They will begin to appreciate each other for their uniqueness and in the least, work with each other better.
  7. Conclude the exercise by stating the need to bridge differences and stay open to different ideas and methods in order to find synergy in the team.

Debriefing Notes:

  1. What did you find out about your peers’ from this short exercise?
  2. Do you think you have a good mix of personalities in your team? Why or why not?
  3. What adjustments do you think you can make to your working style to suit your peers?

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