Get all the team strengths in play

This exercise is great for team building in new teams that need to get to know each other. The goal is to get a sense of the combined strengths of the team.

  1. Spread out a Magnum Set on the floor. If there are more than twelve participants, it is a good idea to use two sets.
  2. Ask participants to find two cards each that symbolise their two biggest strengths. They may also choose a third card to symbolise a strength they have and would like to improve. Allow the participants plenty of time to find their cards.
  3. Then you ask the participants to pair up and pitch their strengths to each other. This part of the exercise should be dynamic, so give them only two minutes each to present their choices. When two participants have finished their talks, they raise their hands to indicate that they are looking for new partners.
  4. In this phase, you are in charge of time. If two participants have had more than five minutes together, ask them to find new partners.
  5. This process is repeated until all participants have met each other (however, no longer than 40 minutes). Take a few minutes break.
  6. Now, the team is aware of the available strengths. Form two equally large groups and present the case that they will be working on for the next hour. The case can reflect real life or be made up for the occasion – but it has to be relevant to the team. The goal is to bring all the various assets of the team into play. Ask the participants to use their picture cards to illustrate their solution – and allow them to find new picture cards to illustrate team strengths that have not yet been presented.
  7. After one hour the groups present their solutions to each other. When you discuss and evaluate, remember that the purpose of including all team strengths is more important than the actual solution.

You can provide the groups with large sheets of paper or cardboard, when they are working with the case. If they attach their picture cards to the sheet, they can draw lines to illustrate how the strengths connect with each other, and add sentences to describe it as their poster develops.



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