Board Walking - Team Building Activity and
Teaching Suggestions

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Concepts

Outcomes

Focus Questions

Materials:

Two sixteen foot 2X4’s with clothes line cord attached every two feet.

Background information

Team building is an effort in which a team studies its own process of working together and acts to create a climate that encourages and values the contributions of team members. Their energies are directed toward problem solving, task effectiveness, and maximizing the use of all members' resources to achieve the team's purpose. Sound team building recognizes that it is not possible to fully separate one's performance from those of others.

Characteristics Of Good Team Building

Team Effectiveness

When evaluating how well team members are working together, the following statements can be used as a guide:

Rating Your Team

How do you feel about your team's progress? (Circle your rating).

1. Team's purpose

I'm uncertain of the purpose 1  2  3  4  5   I'm clear of the purpose

2. Team membership

I felt like a member   1  2  3  4  5   I didn't feel like a member

3. Communications

Little and not helpful   1  2  3  4  5   Very appropriate and helpful

4. Team goals

Set outside the team   1  2  3  4  5   Developed by the team's interaction

5. Use of team member's skills

Poor use   1  2  3  4  5   Good use

6. Support

Little help from all members   1  2  3  4  5   High level of support from all members

7. Conflict

Difficult issues are avoided   1  2  3  4  5   Problems were discussed openly and directly

8. Decisions were made

By few members   1  2  3  4  5   By all members

9. Risk taking

Was not encouraged or supported   1  2  3  4  5   Encouraged and supported

10. Effort to have positive relationships with all team members

Little effort   1  2  3  4  5   High level of effort

11. Distribution of leadership

One person dominated   1  2  3  4  5   Shared

12. Useful feedback

Very little   1  2  3  4  5   Considerable

The proactive approach manifests characteristics as:

SOME INTERESTING FACTS:

Activity Board walking

 

Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes