A Better Solution????
Form groups of 8 people (2 groups) in a circle. Each person in the group must think of a job-related problem or communication problem they encountered this week or fairly recently. Do not discuss this problem with group members, instead write down your problem on a sheet of paper and fold the paper when you are through.
Examples of a problem might be, "How can I get more group-involvement?"
When time is called the instructor will ask you to pass your problem to the person to your right. That person will read the problem just received and jot down the first thoughts that come to mind in addressing that problem. Only 30 seconds is given to respond to that individual sheet.
Repeat this process every 30 seconds that time is called until each person gets his/her own sheet back. Then the discussion will begin of the more practical solutions offered.
Where’s the Fire
Assume that you are at your desk or workstation when the firm alarm sounds. Over the public address systems, your boss announces that each person is to vacate the premises in one minute! He/she states that each person is allowed to bring with them a maximum of five items from their offices. They must be items that can be carried out with them (i.e. no desks, water coolers, desktop computers, etc.)
"In the next 60 seconds, write down those items you have decided to take with you."
Individual vs. Team Success
Everyone is to rank-order the ten items on the attached form. Rank the items from 1-10 (1=highest, 10=lowest) according to the degree to which workers nationwide considered that reason "very important" in deciding to take their current job. Results should be entered in column 2.
Break up into your small group assigned last week and repeat the process, with the ranking numbers placed in column 4.
Now, notice the key displayed on the instructor’s projector. Enter those numbers in column 3 on your sheets. Now, compute the absolute arithmetic differences between each of their item rankings and the key (without regarding the positive or negative sign). Do this for both the individual and group rankings.
Add up the totals.