Objectives

  1. To help the team to focus on process or climate characteristics rather than task characteristics.
  2. To help a team to develop a good team climate to underpin their effectiveness at getting tasks done.
  3. To practise open discussion on sensitive issues.

Time

30 – 45  Minutes

Materials Required

Notepads and pens.

Instructions

  1. Ask each team member to think of a current job-related problem or issue.
  2. Each individual team member writes their problem on a note pad (e.g. how can we reduce the cost of x, or improve our working relationship with y, or meet such and such a deadline).
  3. After 5 minutes ask each team member to pass their piece of paper with their problem written on it to the person on their right.
  4. That person then reads through the problem and makes a few notes about the problem on the bottom of the piece of paper. After 1 minute that person passes the paper to their right.
  5. Repeat this process every minute and keep the process going until each team member gets their own piece of paper back.

Debrief

  1. Activity leader should briefly thank the rest of the team.
  2. Did the team members get any particularly useful suggestions?
  3. Did any of the suggestions trigger new thoughts or cause you to question any of your own assumptions about the problem?
  4. What does the activity tell us about participation and open communication in teams?
  5. Ask the team to follow-up on particular solutions with other members of the team who have raised new possibilities.

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