Activity Spotlight: Is, Does, Says, Does Not
We’ve added 20+ new activities to our free online Activities Database! For the next few weeks, we’ll be casting the spotlight on some of these activities and the ways that you can use them to help your team grow and work better together. Last week, we highlighted 5 New Activities to Energize Your Team. This week, we’re talking about defining expectations with the help of the activity, Is, Does, Says, Does Not:
In this activity, we ask our group members to define and agree on the expectations they have of themselves. In organizations, we often learn what is expected of us as team members through processes of onboarding and training. What we tend to do less often is remember to check in to make sure that we are still aligned with or exceeding these expectations later in our year. These check ins help us to evaluate our group’s performance based on very specific behavioral indicators. In this activity, those are the things that we are, that we do, that we say, and that we don’t do. I like this activity, in particular, as a way to talk about expectations because it allows and encourages group members to think beyond simply what’s in their official job description. This is important because it’s often the “unofficial” or “unsaid” expectations we have in a group that will make or break our success as a team. Use this activity to start a conversation about what group members expect from each other and, more importantly, how they are meeting, not meeting, or exceeding those expectations and what they can do moving forward to improve and grow.
If you were at our session at CADA, this is a great introductory activity to the Exceeding Expectations lesson we discussed in our session:
If you weren’t at our session, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!