XYZ (On Team Development)


In 2013-14 I had the privilege of coaching Tere Pérez, a second-year MBA student in Stanford’s Leadership Fellows program, and she created this simple but powerful exercise to help the group of first-year students she was coaching better understand how they were working together. It’s not just for MBAs–any team could use it to explore their ongoing development:

Have each member of the team write down their answers to the following statements:

Since we started, our team has become [X].

My greatest contribution to the team has been [Y].

I’ll get more out of our time together if I [Z].

After everyone has finished taking notes, address each of the three topics as a group. Be sure to elicit input from everyone–this may require a structured process of reporting out before open discussion.

For Further Reading

Building the Emotional Intelligence of Groups, (Vanessa Druskat and Steven Wolff, Harvard Business Review, 2001)

Huddle Up! (Building Group Cohesion)

Symptoms of Group Strength

Safety, Trust, Intimacy

Photo via the Spline Doctors.

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