Category Archives: Team Formation

Fears in a Hat

After our client meeting last week, we all decided to stay afterwards to play Fears in a Hat. We started off by sitting in a circle and then distributed pieces of paper to each member of the group. Each of us wrote a fear that we have in regards to working in groups on the piece of paper. After putting all of the pieces into a hat, we then each went around the circle and chose a piece. As one chose a piece of paper, we all talked about the fear and how it could be prevented within our group.

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I was the first to go and picked the fear “distribution of work” from the hat. We discussed our previous experiences from working in groups and agreed that sometimes there is a lack of proper distribution. As a team, we decided that in order to prevent unfair work distribution we will equally split all work and make sure to properly communicate with one another.

Jason was the second to pick from the hat and he chose “commitment.” We talked about how each member needs to be committed to the tasks we are given in order to succeed. Effective communication about schedules, being prompt, and showing up to all group meetings will ensure everything gets done in a timely manor.

Kelly went after Jason and picked the fear of “slacking.” We agreed that none of us are “slackers” and will get our work done. But it is something that can be seen in groups as members are less motivated. We will motivate each other throughout the semester and make sure everyone completes their assigned work.

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After Kelly it was Meaghan’s turn. She picked the fear of “communication.” We all decided that this issue can be easily prevented by keeping each other aware of what is going on. Also, we talked about being comfortable with voicing opinions or sharing ideas with each other. Being in contact through our GoogleDoc, text messages, email can help with the communication in the group.

Finally it was Cathryn’s turn. She chose the fear of “not getting everything done.” We talked about not procrastinating and staying ahead of our deadlines. We also talked about our schedules and have already made a calendar of our availability. Again communication and not procrastinating will help us accomplish our goals and tasks for the semester.

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Fears in a Hat

After our client meeting last week, we all decided to stay afterwards to play Fears in a Hat. We started off by sitting in a circle and then distributed pieces of paper to each member of the group. Each of us wrote a fear that we have in regards to working in groups on the piece of paper. After putting all of the pieces into a hat, we then each went around the circle and chose a piece. As one chose a piece of paper, we all talked about the fear and how it could be prevented within our group.

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I was the first to go and picked the fear “distribution of work” from the hat. We discussed our previous experiences from working in groups and agreed that sometimes there is a lack of proper distribution. As a team, we decided that in order to prevent unfair work distribution we will equally split all work and make sure to properly communicate with one another.

Jason was the second to pick from the hat and he chose “commitment.” We talked about how each member needs to be committed to the tasks we are given in order to succeed. Effective communication about schedules, being prompt, and showing up to all group meetings will ensure everything gets done in a timely manor.

Kelly went after Jason and picked the fear of “slacking.” We agreed that none of us are “slackers” and will get our work done. But it is something that can be seen in groups as members are less motivated. We will motivate each other throughout the semester and make sure everyone completes their assigned work.

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After Kelly it was Meaghan’s turn. She picked the fear of “communication.” We all decided that this issue can be easily prevented by keeping each other aware of what is going on. Also, we talked about being comfortable with voicing opinions or sharing ideas with each other. Being in contact through our GoogleDoc, text messages, email can help with the communication in the group.

Finally it was Cathryn’s turn. She chose the fear of “not getting everything done.” We talked about not procrastinating and staying ahead of our deadlines. We also talked about our schedules and have already made a calendar of our availability. Again communication and not procrastinating will help us accomplish our goals and tasks for the semester.

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My 3 Team Building Activities

Human Knot – To start this team building exercise, everyone will stand around in a circle. Once everyone is in the circle, everyone will grab the hands of someone else…being cautious not to grab the hands of the person directly next to them. After everyone is holding hands with another person in the circle, the objective of the activity is to untangle without letting go.

Drawing – For this activity, you will need a couple sheets of paper and a writing utensil. Two members of the group will sit back to back. One will be drawing what the other one tells them to. The object is for the one member to successfully draw what the other one is telling them to without the object being given away. This activity will help with communication and working together.

Baking – This activity does not really involve much of anything except for some cookie dough and the team members. The team, collectively, will bake cookies and enjoy them afterwards. This exercise is simple but yet effective because who does not like to enjoy a freshly baked cookie?!