Team Building Turns Ugly For School Board

Did you see this article? If not, here is the gist: TAMPA – A Hillsborough School Board training session erupted in accusations, scoldings and door slamming Tuesday as the group met to create a vision for the district. Packed into a tiny conference room at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School, the board and superintendent met with a facilitator from the Florida School Boards Association to keep them focused. The meeting had barely started with a discussion of “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” when the veneer cracked. April Griffin, the newest board member elected in November, said she lacked trust –[…]Read More…

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Sage in the Stage vs Guide on the Side

Actually, I am not even sure you could call this ‘Facilitation’ but many people are put into a facilitator role without considering what the role requires. I am talking about the facilitator being the ‘Sage on the Stage’. Being a facilitator means you have quasi leadership in the group. Inexperienced facilitators take this opportunities to show the group how smart they are! Many times, these ‘Sages’ ask leading questions designed to drive the participants to a desired end. And in participants reaching that end, they feel very smart and smug. This is manipulation, NOT facilitation. I know this very well[…]Read More…

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Team Building Will Suck

By James Carter There are many reasons why a team building activity will fail.  Meaning it sucked.  Let’s be honest, there are many that are really terrible.  We have run a few of them ourselves that utterly failed.  It is embarrassing to admit and it is almost always because we committed one of the 5 below. Avoid the Top 5 below and you are definitely on the right track to having a GREAT experience. #5 – Wrong Activity, Wrong Time There are MANY different activities to select from and each of them has their own place.  You use the right[…]Read More…

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