All successful organizations, corporations, and businesses today have mission and vision statements with a set of goals for their attainment, teams are formed when a group of people in the company shares the same goals (Team Technology, 2006). High quality health care delivery demands that all members of the team perform optimally every minute of the workday, patient’s lives depend on their ability to work closely together to solve to problems in any environment. Team building consists of activities or exercises to improve performance in the work place and strengthen the resolve of the team, critical elements of a health care team.
Team Building Activity
A successful team building activity that easily applies to health care delivery is Group Connections Activity (Businessballs, 2010). Divide the group into teams of three to six people and tell them they have five minutes to discover an interesting, surprising and/or separate connection you share with each person in your team, yes a different connection with each person. This should be a connection or something in common that surprises both of you. The purpose is to ensure that each person of the team asks some questions and gives some answers about themselves and all team members get to know each other better. The team determines how the questions are asked, but no more than three members of the team are allowed together at a time and it must be completed in five minutes. Larger teams need solid planning and must follow the established guidelines from the start.
At the end of the allotted time a review of the connections is not necessary however several should be mentioned as examples to demonstrate team success. One aspect of the activity to discuss is what types of questions helped discover the most information; how does knowing each other better help team-work, collaboration, communications, etc; and what normally
prevents people from getting to know each other better. Other parts of the activity could be reviewed...