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Build Respect And Trust In Your Team: Game Based Conversation For Leaders

It is important that leaders constantly reinforce the message that there are no islands of excellence and that no one can succeed alone. Most teams will fall in a bell curve of sorts, not just in performance, but also in terms of criticality of role/function.

 

In such situations, it is imperative that the leader establishes clearly that all roles, big or small, have a pride of place and a reason to exist. And only when everyone enables one another will success for the team happen.

 

True magic happens when team members enable each other because they ‘want’ to and not because they ‘have’ to. Here is a quick but powerful game that you can play with your team (or include in your program if you are a trainer) to drive home this message through reflection and realization.

 

ACTIVITY – LEAN IN

 

  •  A straight start line is displayed through a rope/string/ribbon.
  • Divide the group into Teams ( team size of 5-8 is a good number) and they are made to stand at the start line. Each team is given a coin.
  • Each team gets 3 chances to place the coin as far as possible from the start line
  • Teams must use different members for each attempt
  • Divide the group into Teams and they are made to stand at the start line. Each team is given a coin.
  • Each team gets 3 chances to place the coin as far as possible from the start line
  • Teams must use different members for each attempt
  • The person placing the coin and the team members supporting him must always remain behind the line and should not fall over or touch the ground beyond the line even after placing the coin.
  • Failure to adhere to the points above will mean the attempt getting disqualified
  • The team placing the coin the farthest from the start line wins the challenge

 

Watch this instructional video :https://youtu.be/wzXcr26YFlk

 

Questions to drive after activity discussions

 

  1. What allowed you to place the coin further? Was it your own capability or your team’s support?
  2. Why should the team enable you to go further? What’s in it for them?
  3. What should be your behaviour with the team so that they willingly support you to reach farther and push ahead? (Talk about building a foundation of trust, recognizing effort, gratitude as behaviours that will make people “want” to support rather than “have” to support).

 

Hope this helps you in having a critical conversation that every leader should have with his/her team.

 

Be Well.

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