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Focusing a Team

  1. Team Assessment: Use this assessment to take a critical looks at your team.  

  2. Visioning: Use this activity to articulate your teamís ideal future

  3. Goal Setting: Use this activity to focus your team goals and set a basis for directed action

  4. Building an Action Plan: Use this activity to identify specific actions to begin achieving your goals

  5. Clarifying Roles: This activity will help your team clarify the role of each individual team member.

  6. Understanding Change: A look at managing successful change.

  7. Collaboration Strategies:  Know how to collaborate effectively

  8. Conflict Awareness:  Manage team conflict before it escalates

  9. Team Norms: Setting ground rules for team participation and behavior

  10. Team Expectations: A team leader's expectations of his/her team members

  11. Team Building Games:  Sample five easy-to-implement team building games

  12. Managing the Net Generation: Understand the work expectations of a new wave of professionals

  13. Fostering Innovation: Ten key rules for fostering innovation in the workplace

  14. Workplace Productivity: Thirty strategies to boost your personal on-the-job productivity

  15. Work Culture: Twelve indicators of a healthy work culture

  16. Difficult Feedback: Tips to consider when confronting a team member

  17. Receiving Feedback: Guidelines to accept constructive feedback

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It is healthy for teams to step back occasionally and look to their future.  Doing so will help your team understand its overall target and purpose for being.  This activity will help your team members reach some kind of consensus about the teamís ideal future.  By envisioning the ideal or best case scenario a team can renew and re-commit to excellence. 

Step One: Have the team identify all the different groups, stakeholders, or responsibilities that are important to its success.  List them on a white board.

Step Two: Divide into pairs and have each select one or two items from the list generated in step one. 

Step Three: Image your team in five years.  What is the best case scenario of your teamís interaction and/or relationship with each stakeholder, group, or responsibility.  Report back to the full team.

Step Four: Based on the best scenario reports, have the team draw conclusion about the teamís ideal future.  List them on the board.  It is this ideal vision that should guide your thinking when the team sets it goals and strategies.