A simple and powerful exercise for your next team meeting

I got lots of responses to my recent post about dealing with low morale in a team – thanks to all of you who responded.

I was reminded me of a great exercise we often do when we’re working with leadership teams.

We ask each team member to describe the team metaphorically. (Or to draw it).

‘This team is like a……………………………….’

This is effective because it requires creativity, involves a lot of laughter, inspires curiosity and opens up a wider conversation – without all the usual ‘this team is very supportive’ or ‘this team is disorganised’ or ‘this team is exhausted’ ambiguity.

Imagine the conversation you can have when a team is described as a:

‘Top of the range Range-Rover with a flat battery’

Or a

Pride of hungry lions

Or a

‘Group of lemmings heading for the cliff’ (danger zone, that one…...!)

It injects some humour (albeit dark humour at times) but gives them some great, creative ways forward.

A nice exercise for your next team meeting.

It will work in any team unless there is zero trust, zero psychological safety and a huge amount of dysfunction. (In which case, you’d better get some help because these things don’t fix themselves).

P.S. I’m opening up places for my next Lead with Confidence programme from today. The group element of the programme starts in September but we can get you ahead of the curve way before that with 2 extra months (ish!) of support at no extra cost and a £200 discount (expires 23 July). You’ll find all the details here – plus lots of success stories from people who’ve already done the programme.

If your battery is flat, we’ll jump start and get you moving in the right direction.


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