Build mutual understanding and respect, and boost the performance of your team.
Lay out a Magnum Set on the floor.
Ask participants to find a picture card that says something about the role they have in the team – voluntarily or involuntarily.
Everybody tells the group about their card. Allow ample time for questions and discussion. – All cards are placed on the floor again.
Give the participants three minutes to think about which role they want to play in the team. Then they choose a card symbolising that role. Line up all the cards in a row on a table. Taking turns all participants tell the group about their picture card. Allow enough time for questions and clarification.
In the third round, you ask the participants if their cards also symbolise what they can do themselves to fill the role they wish to have in the team. If not, they replace their picture card with one that fits better. Everybody tells the group what they can do. Line up the picture cards – and name them ‘the ME cards’.
Then you ask everyone to find a ‘TEAM card’ that says something about what the team can do to make individual members perform their best and thrive in the team. When everyone has come up with an idea and told the group about it, line up the TEAM cards above the ME cards.
You can hang the ME and TEAM picture cards on the wall to help the team stick to the new agenda. You can provide the ME cards with the names of team members – and add a good quote from the process to each TEAM card.
To end the session the team can draw up an actual action plan.
If a participant cannot find a card ti fit his/her needs during the process, give him/her a blank piece of paper and ask him/her to draw the image that is missing.