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Leadership Tools for Better Teams - Personal History Exercise - 20150615

The first step to building a better team is trust. When team members trust one another, they are not afraid to debate ideas, commit to plans of action, or hold one another accountable for results. Personal history exercises are an easy, low-risk way of starting the trust building process. This presentation contains a template for you to use with your team.

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Leadership Tools for Better Teams - Personal History Exercise - 20150615

  1. 1. Building Better Teams --- Personal History Exercise
  2. 2. 2Copyright © 2014 | Joel Wenger Create Trust Using Personal Histories • Who: Teams looking to build trust • What: A low-risk way for team members to share information about themselves • Where: Conference Room or other semi-private area conducive to sharing • When: Introducing new team members (buy the team lunch) • Why: Helps people relate to one another, which can encourage empathy and avoid inaccurate generalizations
  3. 3. 3Copyright © 2014 | Joel Wenger “Tell Us About Yourself” Presentation As a way for team members to get to know one another, each person is asked to give a brief, casual presentation about themselves. Each presenter has up to 3 minutes to provide the following: 1. Hometown 2. Undergraduate school and major 3. Graduate school and major (if applicable) 4. Reasons for choosing your major(s) 5. Work experience – companies, job responsibilities, etc. 6. One unique thing about yourself Please keep your presentation limited to one slide or page, with the team leader sharing first. Remember, this is a FUN activity in which we learn about one another, so feel free to get creative.
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  6. 6. http://www.linkedin.com/in/jwenger/ http://www.twitter.com/joelwenger Joel Wenger Consulting Manager, Financial Blogger Trusted Advisor

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