5 New Activities to Help Your Team Grow
From standing meetings to technology in the classroom, the way that we teach and the way that we learn has metamorphosed in the 21st century. One of the most significant trends has been towards a more individualized and experiential development model in both school and work.
One of the original thought leaders in this theory of experiential learning, David Kolb (1984), actually described learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience”. It’s just a fancy way of saying that we “learn by doing”.
So, how can we as managers, teachers, or facilitators, create experiences that help our groups to learn the skills that are in demand? In the workplace, this often takes the form of on-site job training, case studies, or role plays. In the classroom, this looks like project-based learning, flipped classrooms, or Socratic seminar. At Leadership Inspirations, we believe that groups have the best chance to “practice how they play” through teambuilding activities. We use the word “teambuilding” loosely to describe any activity that helps groups work better together.
We just added 20+ new activities to our free online Activities Database to help you reach your groups learning goals – from simply getting to know each other to improving public speaking skills. I’ve selected some of my favorites for you to try with your group this week:
Affirm the people in your groups by letting them know the impact that they have on you
Games – These activities are simply for fun – they may ask our groups to be silly with each other, to engage in playful competition, or to get energized.
Experiential Activities – These activities are used to help groups learn a lesson or solve a problem. They should be discussed and debriefed to maximize their benefit to your group.
If your group is going through the Adjourning stage, try some of these activities to help your group transition and adjust: