7. What is a team?
A team is a number of persons associated together in
work or activity: as a group on one side (as in
football or debate).”
In other words, when one person cannot accomplish
a job alone and several individuals must cooperate
to fulfill a mission, you need a team. The better the
cooperation, communication, and coordination
among team members, the more efficient the team
10. Why Teams?
Teamwork distributes the work load
Teams develop a synergy
Teamwork develops diverse thinking which leads
to innovative problem solving. It also provides
team members an opportunity to work together
in a non-competitive environment and it builds
11. Start with objectives for developing a team
Teach team members how “teamwork” can be
Teach the basics of effective team strategies.
Develop and understanding of team development.
Make an assessment of the skills of each team member.
14. Establish the members of
team and a team name
Set the teams goals and end results
Establish team rules
Develop team procedures including communication
Discuss team control and the decision making
15. Team conflict will occur guaranteed
and hostility may arise causing a lack
of team unity
Poor team performance due to
This includes project creep or wheel-spinning
Team performance slips and non-implemented decisions
due to conflict
Unproductive meetings with unclear objectives and
This conflict will lead to members withdrawing into their
own work environment thus defeating the whole purpose
of the team
16. This is when members of the team begin
to mutually accept each other
Harmony starts to settle in and group bonding
The team starts to fall into place with a clear
purpose, group participation, open discussions,
team listening, sharing of ideas and non-
Other sensitive areas come together like
civilized disagreement and team decision
17. This is when the team becomes a problem
In other words, solutions start to emerge like
flowing water and subjectives give way to the
18. Stage 5 Team Completion
This is when the project is complete and
the team is ready to disburse. This is an
exciting time but a sad one as well. There is a sense
of fulfillment and a loss of team unity.
Documentation needs to be complete before the
team can disburse. This includes:
Problems and Solutions
24. Communication exercise
This type of team building exercise is exactly what it sounds
like. Communications exercises are problem solving activities
that are geared towards improving communication skills. The
issues teams encounter in these exercises are solved by
communicating effectively with each other.
• Goal: Create an activity which highlights the importance of
good communication in team performance and/or potential
problems with communication.
25. Problem-solving/decision-making exercise
Problem-solving/decision-making exercises focus specifically on groups wrking together to
solve difficult problems or make complex decisions. These exercises are some of the most
common as they appear to have the most direct link to what employers want their teams
to be able to do.
• Goal: Give team a problem in which the solution is not easily apparent or requires the
team to come up with a creative solution.
These exercises focus on aspects of
planning and being adaptable to change.
These are important things for teams to
be able to do when they are assigned
complex tasks or decisions.
• Goal: Show the importance of planning
before implementing a solution
27. Trust exercise
A trust exercise involves engaging team members in a way that will induce
trust between them. They are sometimes difficult exercises to implement as
there are varying degrees of trust between individuals and varying degrees of
individual comfort trusting others in general.
• Goal: Create trust between team members
32. If you only remember one thing
remember this: a team is only as strong
as its weakest member so team
members need to pull together to
accomplish the task at hand.