How Well We Work Together
to Complete a Project
We bought three sets of Tinker Toys. The moderator goes
into a separate room and builds a "model" (any kind of bizarre,
complicated contraption using lots of colored connectors and different
sizes and shapes). Then the group is broken up into 2 teams with
architects (2), observers (2), and workers (the rest). The architects' job
is to go into the other room and look at the model. The architects have to
stay together at all times. They can't make notes on what the model looks
like and they can't touch either the tinker toys or the model being built.
They can only come back and tell the workers verbally how to build a
replica of the model.
The process is timed and at the end of the time allotted, the original
model is brought in and you evaluate how close each group came to building
a replica of the model. The observers share their observation of how the
group worked as a team and how the architects delivered information.
It is a really interesting activity. It's also nice because you can re-use
the tinker toys for a future team building exercise (or when you are bored
in the office).
Thanks to Tyra W. Hilliard in mimlist listserv
Show How Executive
Management, Sales and Marketing Communicated With Each Other - Or NOT!
Have the groups follow the same instructions from How
Well We Work Together (shown above), but focus your processing on
communication. At the end, everyone will be shocked at how little
information is communicated down, how little is shared across and everyone
gives and takes different interpretations of the same project. Everyone
has a wonderful time and comes away with a deeper understanding of how to
communicate up/down and across.
Thanks to Julia Ramos in the mimlist listserv