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.
- To help participants understand each other better
- To help the team work together more effectively
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.
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.
- 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.
- Give them about 5-10 minutes to do the test.
- Before their personality according to the test is revealed to them, you should do a short presentation on the four DISC personality types.
- When you are done with the presentation, reveal the results to them with the DISC Facilitator Sheet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What did you find out about your peers’ from this short exercise?
- Do you think you have a good mix of personalities in your team? Why or why not?
- What adjustments do you think you can make to your working style to suit your peers?
More Team Activities
Creating a Team Mission Statement
Before your team can work effectively, you must set the vision for the team so that every individual in the team understands the purpose of coming together. Are they coming together for a common interest, a specific project, or for a long term vision?
Examples of Team Mission Statements
Here are some examples of good mission statements used in the biggest companies in the world. Learn the elements required in a mission statement and how you can draft a good mission statement.
Formulating Great Team Mottos
A team motto captures the values of a team in a few words or a phrase. Learn about some simple team mottos and how you can create a great team motto for your team.
Setting the Stage for Teamwork
Before you send your team off to do their task, you must set the context and the foundation so that your team will succeed. You need to set expectations, make certain rules within the team and more.
The Barriers to Team Success
There are several barriers to building a successful team. Learn about the pitfalls in teambuilding and how you can avoid them.
Characteristics of Good Teams
Every good team has similar characteristics. Learn six invaluable characteristics that are required to groom an effective, successful team.
Why Doesn’t My Team Speak Up?
Getting your team to speak up is probably one of the greatest challenges you will have as a leader. You need to move your team’s mindset from the traditional top-down decision making process into the new paradigm.
Generating a Cool Team Name
Creative, Clever and Cool Team Name is an article about choosing the right name for your team. It also provides you with a random team name generator that you can use to brainstorm for ideas!