Team building: Barriers

Remember that little thing I mentioned about leading our morning stand-up at work:

https://anonymole.com/2019/06/14/your-favorite-a-stand-up-round/

Well, it’s been a stellar success. We’ve gone through nearly the entire list, one more day—today—and then someone else will take over the minor roll of leading this team’s morning meeting. And now, no one wants to take over. They like this format and would care to continue it. Damn!

It turns out, all those team building exercises you’ve read about, the off-sites, the silly activities, pyramid assembly from crouched bodies, blind-fold nonsense, the potlucks and such—they don’t measure up to these simple sharing sessions.

Every morning, for a month, go around the room and share a simple favorite, a memory, a dislike, a dream, a wish or a meme. Sure, folks might lie, make things up, but it seems that they don’t; the sharing-bug is infectious.

The team is now more cohesive than ever.

A lesson in sociology? Risk a thought, a private memory: be rewarded with camaraderie?