One person is asked to sit on the ‘hot seat’ and his colleagues are asked to answer the following two question for the colleague in the hot seat: I will expand on this in next week’s blog.
If in the meantime you have other suggestions for ‘getting to know each other’ team building activities, then please share them below!
I’ve been talking about top teams and ways to get them aligned in the past few weeks.
Last week we ended with the Secret Ingredient that Ties Top Teams Together, where the bottom line is that people need to really know each other before they can become a high performing team.
It’s used to help people go deeper into themselves or to break open a “stuck” group.
In the mask drawing they can include their characteristics, dreams, interests, weaknesses, strengths, basically anything that explains the individual to his/her team members in a non threatening manner.
The key is the first questions, which needs to be the toughest one, the one that everybody wants to know the answer for and the one that people gossip about. As the audience gasps and holds their breath at the audacity of me to ask the question everybody wants asked but nobody dares to.
It requires significant introspection and for some people past events can be of a traumatic nature; they might have issues thinking of them, let alone sharing them.5.
Hot Seat I often do the Hot Seat exercise only if the team has displayed solid steps on the ‘trust ladder’ since it requires each individual to give feedback to the other person in the presence of other team members.
After having drawn the mask, the person is asked to share his mask in the larger group in which members can ask questions to clarify or further explain certain characteristics.4.
Life Line This team building activity is similar to the mask exercises since it requires people to share their ‘life-line’ and specifically the events in the past that have shaped them today.
In order to avoid various misunderstandings and awkward situations, it is best to know what you’re telling someone with the way you hug that person. Some are born leaders of their own lives, while others sometimes feel like they are watching a show they aren’t a part of.