Principles behind the tool

Background: Why is team building important?

Much of today's work is carried out in teams or groups. But can we make the team larger than the sum of its members? By better knowing the abilities and characteristics of the other team members, we can fully utilize their potential and improve the performance of the entire team.

What stands behind the tool?

Feedback is a crucial element of human development. Through feedback one can create a realistic view of his/her skills and personal characteristics. In a workplace a realistic self view makes it possible for a team member to take a role where he/she can be of the greatest benefit to the team. Talking about team members' desires, strengths and personal qualities changes the way how the colleagues attach meaning to other's behaviour. Through a more accurate attribution it is possible to avoid misunderstandings and tensions while improving team cohesion and readiness to co-operate.

How does it work?

SmoothTeam is a game-based team development exercise that is designed to improve team performance through better understanding of the team profile. The game scenarios are based on theories of personality differences and team dynamics. In SmoothTeam exercise the self assessment of the team members gets compared to the image and assessment done by the other team members in an imaginary game-like situation. As an outcome of the exercise, the team members and the team leader will learn how the other team members view themselves and each other. Through in-depth discussions during the exercise the team is able to find its strengths and areas for further development.

As a default, we provide a fully facilitated exercise with one of our experienced on-line facilitators. The exercise can also be run as a stand-alone version with the team leader (or another team member) facilitating the exercise. The facilitator is provided with simple instructions on how to run the exercise, as well as topical points of discussion during the exercise.

What you can expect after running a scenario with SmoothTeam?

- Understanding the profile of the team

- Internal versus external expectations of the team members

- Ideas for further development