RE: Team Building

Subject: RE: Team Building
From: melonie -dot- mcmichael -at- amd -dot- com
To: mshook -at- com2001 -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 09:58:29 -0600


I agree that all the hokey team building stuff is just

However, I think there are some activities which can help.
I have participated in an offsite workshop that did help
our group. Offsite is important: fewer interruptions and
no one slipping out to handle "just a small problem". We
got together and talked about the problems our department
faced (both internal and external) and what we wanted to
achieve as a group (which took some hammering out). We did
a little griping, some moaning and a lot of brainstorming.
It was actually quite productive.

We did have a facilitator who ran us through some exercises
(some where informative, a few were hokey) and who kept us
on track. She also got us to think about things in another

I think this worked in our group because we were all team
players and we were all willing to make it work. As
individuals and as a department, we wanted to improve our
performance. We got our egos out of it and just tried to
find solutions. If anyone had been the "I don't want to
play with you" type, I don't think this would have worked.
You just can't make people work and play well with others.

Melonie McMichael
Tech Writer
mailto:melonie -dot- mcmichael -at- amd -dot- com

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