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Team Evaluation Self-Test

Team Evaluation Self-Test
Exercises, Team Building, Coaching, Motivation, Goal Setting

Article Rating:::: 25 Ratings :::: Friday, April 17, 2009
 

Purpose

This is an ideal exercise which enables participants to find out more about themselves. It is highly effective in bringing up lots of hidden issues that could be present in the team and causes conflicts. This self-probation can be used for coaching where team members can clearly see various points of view and based on those take steps to move the team forward towards its ideal state. This is effectively a self-coaching exercise where only the team members’ views are used to evaluate the group. This activity is as opposed to using 360 degree questionnaires or other elaborate formal feedback mechanisms used in some organisations. Indeed, since team members know more about their own team more than anyone else, their self-analysis will be more useful and accurate than many other methods.

Objective

Delegates identify a number of qualities for the team and then score themselves for these qualities.

What You Need

  • Papers
  • Pens

Setup

  • Ask the delegates to identify 4 critical qualities of a team. Ask them to write these on paper so their choices are made independence of each other.
  • Collect all the papers.
  • For example, the following might be suggested:

 

Julia

Charles

Sally

Chris

Friendship

Trust

Compatibility

Enthusiasm

Cooperation

Support

Trust

Boldness

Innovative

Flexibility

Tolerance

Vision

Humour

Vision

Finisher

Patience

  • Merge all the qualities and compile a long list. You may write this on a flipchart, a whiteboard or type it into a spreadsheet which is projected on the wall to prepare for the next step.
  • Ask the delegates to score their teams based on these qualities from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. Ask them to write these on paper, so their votes are made independent of each other.
  • Collect their scores and compile a new table based on the scores given by the team and then calculate the average score for each quality (the spreadsheet will be handy for this).
  • The table may look like the following:
 

 

Quality

Julia

Charles

Sally

Chris

Average

Trust

7

8

8

5

7

Support

8

6

8

5

6.75

Flexibility

6

5

7

7

6.25

Vision

7

6

7

7

6.75

Compatibility

8

6

8

4

6.5

Friendship

7

7

9

3

6.5

Cooperation

8

7

8

4

6.75

Innovative

4

7

8

8

6.75

Humour

8

6

7

4

6.25

Tolerance

9

6

8

8

7.75

Finisher

5

7

7

7

6.5

Enthusiasm

7

7

6

6

6.5

Boldness

5

6

7

7

6.25

Patience

5

7

6

5

5.75

  • Show or distribute the final table to all delegates and follow with a discussion.

Timing

Explaining the Test: 5 minutes.

Activity: 20 minutes

Group Feedback: 15 minutes.

Discussion

What does this table show? What can you learn from it?

The table opens us many discussions automatically and is quite revealing. For example, Julia and Sally seem to find the team a happy fun place where they feel reasonably satisfied. On the other hand, Chris and Charles don’t seem to fit in and probably feel left out (why is that?). The highest rating is given to tolerance, which is probably why the team is still functioning together despite the differences in fitting in (why the team is so tolerant?). The team members have given the lowest score to patience, so this is something the group has to think about and explore to find the root causes of it.

This exercise and its potential variations are incredibly powerful for coaching, self-coaching and team building to quickly find out what the team thinks of itself. Since the team knows more than other people about itself, this exercise can be quite educational and realistic.

Variations

You can apply this not just to the team, but to the whole organisation. If you are worried that the staff will not give their honest opinions, collect anonymous scores and then use the average scores as the final results to evaluate the collective feeling of the company towards itself.



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