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Team Work

  1. 1. Team Working AQS Presentation
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Team working is about working co-operatively, across cultures and organizational boundaries to achieve shared goals </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is it important? <ul><li>The British council works across departments, organizations and cultures. Within the council, staff must work co-operatively together sharing best practice, breaking down departmental barriers, and communicating fully on new initiatives and priorities. The same applies to working with the UK constituency. Overseas, the ability to build on inter-cultural understanding to create dynamic local partnerships ensures that the council really understands and meets the needs of its target audiences. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Levels of Team working <ul><li>Level 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Works Co-operatively </li></ul><ul><li>Level 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Involves Others </li></ul><ul><li>Level 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Builds The Team </li></ul><ul><li>Level 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Creates Team working </li></ul>
  5. 5. Level 1 – Works Co-operatively <ul><li>Willingly co-operates. </li></ul><ul><li>Is not afraid to seek advice from others. </li></ul><ul><li>Puts in extra effort when needed to help others. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizes that the ways of getting things done in different departments, organizations and communities are not the same. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Level 2 – Involves Others <ul><li>Actively includes individuals from diverse backgrounds in team activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalizes on diverse skills and ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Spends time helping others think through issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Speaks positively of others. </li></ul><ul><li>Takes the time to learn about and understand other organizations and cultures. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Level 3 – Builds The Team <ul><li>Proactively shares information and learning with colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses conflicts or issues within the team in a positive and open manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides clear feedback to team members. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses understanding of different interests and agendas to achieve positive outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses emotional intelligence to understand team dynamics and to harmonize and synergize energies of the team </li></ul>
  8. 8. Level 4 – Creates Team working <ul><li>Creates new opportunities for individuals to work together, breaking down barriers that may get in the way of effective teamworking. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges others to do the same. </li></ul><ul><li>Is a model of co-operative behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Commits time and resources to team-based projects. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Warning Signs <ul><li>Sees him or herself as better than others and fails to respect their contribution. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps important information to him-or herself or within the immediate department. </li></ul><ul><li>Assumes all cultures or communities are the same </li></ul><ul><li>Co-operates selectively in accordance with his or her own personal interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Talks patronizingly to or about other departments or individuals. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Positive Indicators <ul><li>Agrees with the team critical success factors for the team as a whole, and brainstorms ways in which these can be measured. </li></ul><ul><li>Develops the habit of checking what others are thinking by asking ‘Am I being clear?’ ‘Let me check what you are thinking at this stage’ </li></ul><ul><li>Treats the concerns of other departments as important. </li></ul><ul><li>Co-operates to meet team goals even at expense of personal preferences. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizes the need for flexibility and sensitivity in dealing with cross-cultural issues. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Team Building Exercises
  12. 12. Helium Stick <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Deceptively simple teamwork activity.  Form two lines facing each other.  Lay a long, thin rod on the group's index fingers.  Goal: Lower to ground. Reality: It goes up! </li></ul><ul><li>Group Size </li></ul><ul><li>8 to 12 ideal, but can be done with 6 to 14 </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Total time ~25 mins ~5 minute briefing and set up </li></ul><ul><li>~10-15 minutes of active problem-solving (until success) </li></ul><ul><li>~10 minutes discussion </li></ul>
  13. 13. Mine Field <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place.  In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, whose eyes are closed or blindfolded, through the &quot;minefield&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>~20 minutes to set up; ~5-10 minutes to brief; ~5 minutes planning/discussion; ~15-30 minutes activity; ~5-30 minutes debrief </li></ul><ul><li>Group Size </li></ul><ul><li>2 to 30 is possible; works well with larger groups e.g., 16 to 24. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Hula Hoop <ul><li>This slide is not a part of this presentation. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Pipeline <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>This is a group problem solving & communication exercise, this activity involves moving marbles or different sized balls or even water down lengths of half pipe or 1&quot;/2&quot;gutters. </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>5 mins planning; 5 mins to 30 mins action </li></ul><ul><li>Brief Description </li></ul><ul><li>A teambuilding activity where each participant gets one short length of half pipe, and the group must work together to deliver a marble down the pipes from start point to finish. Requires a high level of communication and teamwork. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Multi-way Tug of war Time ~30-60 minutes Brief Description : Fun, physically demanding, competitive team activity.  Several teams pull against each other, requiring communication and tactics as well as strength to outmanoeuvre and win
  17. 17. All Aboard! <ul><li>Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>10ft of rope for a circle or a tarpaulin or small platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>~15-20 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Brief description </li></ul><ul><li>A classic teambuilding activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavour to occupy an ever diminishing space. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Great Egg Drop <ul><li>Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>For each group of approx. 4., straws, masking tape, egg and/or any other items you want to give for creating the egg package. Can use only natural materials - harder, but saves cost/waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>~30-45 minutes to build package; ~15-30 minutes for Great Egg Drop; ~15-45 minutes cleanup & debrief </li></ul><ul><li>Brief Description </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups design an egg package to save an egg from breaking when dropped.  Plus a 30 second jingle to sell their package.  Followed by the Great Egg Drop-Off. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Lemon ride <ul><li>This slide is not a part of this presentation. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Team Building Quotes <ul><li>In small groups, set the challenge of creating the most inspirational team building quote in a set amount of time, e.g., 10 minutes.  Each team reads out their quote and teams vote on the best quote.  At the end of the activity, hand out some other Team Building Quotes . </li></ul>
  21. 21. Brought to you by <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>