Team Dynamics Thumball

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Look under your thumb and share your reaction

Teams are everywhere – at work, at home, at school, on and off playing fields. From board rooms to church basements, we're thrown together with people we may or may not know well, and are challenged to achieve great results. Is your team performing to the max? How do you support each other? How do you develop consensus and manage disagreements? Team Dynamics Thumball is a playful way to raise these critical questions so that your teams can reach their full potential.

FACILITATION Suggestions

EXPLAIN HOW IT WORKS: Someone throws the ball, another catches it and responds to the prompt under their thumb.

FACILITATION TIP 1:  SET EXPECTATIONS AND EXPLAIN CLEARLY

In order to achieve greatness, sometimes teams need to take a step back and reflect on their relationships, communication, and their process of working together.

Tailor your Thumball game to meet your needs:

    • Option 1: Have each player respond only to the prompt under their thumb, then toss the ball to another.

    • Option 2: After the first player has responded to their prompt, invite others to share their perspective or discuss ways they could work together more effectively.

FACILITATION TIP 2:  SET GROUND RULES

Explain that conversations about team dynamics can become emotionally charged. The goal of the Team Dynamics Thumball activity is to raise important issues and have necessary conversations in a positive environment. So that everyone can feel safe, have the group set up their own Ground Rules.
Here are some that you might want on the list:

  • Only one person speaks at a time

  • Speak only for yourself; Use “I” statements

  • No personal attacks – critique ideas, not people

  • Agree to disagree; disagree without being disagreeable

  • Listen - make sure everyone feels heard and validated

  • Be positive and non-judgmental; open to new ideas

FACILITATION TIP 3: BE PREPARED IF CONVERSATIONS GET STICKY

  • Expert facilitators suggest these techniques to ease difficult or emotional situations:

  • Pause the conversation so you can review the ground rules with the group.

  • Redirect negative comments; ask “what can we do differently?”

  • Focus on changes that can positively affect the team.

  • If two parties disagree, suggest that they switch roles and make the counter argument.

  • Keep a flip chart of difficult topics that can be addressed later.

  • Be ready to share some of your own experiences.

  • Take a break. Stop for awhile and regroup.

  • Thank participants for sharing their personal stories.

Book a 1 hour workshop
When you need to try out tools focusing on dialogue (Thumball, picture cards, dialogue cards, coaching carpet) with your team, do not hesitate to call and order a one hour workshop with Michael Meinhardt. He will guide you all through different methods and tools and involve everybode in weeks to come. Workshop price is DKK 2.500 plus travelling expences.

 

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