Team Building & Leadership

I haven’t shared a Team Building Agenda posts in a while. Below is a program created for ~50 Campus Living College Staff, varying from Executive Directors to Managers to Student Life Staff.

The format is effective for a 3 hour program and this group wanted mixed or new groups in every activity.

For you Team Building nerds – What do you think of the agenda? What would you have done the same / different?

Proposed Agenda Campus Living Staff

  • Date:
  • Location: 
  • Program Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm


  • Have fun!
  • For all staff to get to know each other in an enjoyable atmosphere
  • Boundary Breaking – reinforcing the message that everyone’s work is needed and valued. Plus developing a relationship between management and staff in order to bring out everyone’s best work.
  • Team Building; in the sense of how the work gets done and how each person has to be accountable and have the necessary authority to complete their work, while understanding that a larger goal / process needs to be focused on by the team.
  • Skill development in planning, problem solving, innovation and decision making.

Detailed Agenda Subject to change in activities and timing.

7:00 – 8:30 Create-Learning staff set-up and prepare

8:30 – 9:00 Networking and hellos with participants & Create-Learning

9:00 – 9:20 ALL GROUP: Opening activity Gotchya to What I Like Continuum

9:20 – 9:30 Card Groupings

  • Each participant will have a playing card with numbers, colored stickers, and various symbols this will serve as the small groups they will start in. Then we will mix and create new groups for each of the following 3 activities. Meaning that the participants will be with new people each round and be involved in a different simulation each round.

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  • There will be 3 facilitators and the small teams will rotate to a facilitator who will be located at a certain area. We will try our best to mix the teams and facilitator so each round will consist of new teams going to a different facilitator. Each round (A, B, C) will last ~30 minutes allowing ~10 minutes for finding new groups and facilitators. Each facilitator will lead 3 different activities at their station.

Facilitator Station ‘A’ Activities

  • Noodle Presslearn names and talents that others possess. Introduction to listening for understanding and creative use of existing resources.
  • HoopdomDelegation of tasks and asking questions for understanding; planning vs. doing.
  • ZoomPlanning and learning what and how much information to communicate; Handling stressful and challenging situations; exploring how your work fits into the larger context of the organization.

Facilitator Station ‘B’ Activities

  • Trust Trap SequenceFocus on learning more about others; listening and speaking for clarity and understanding; necessary trust in taking directions and asking questions for clarity of directions.
  • Speed Trap RelayUnderstanding various roles and how they fit together; Collaboration to achieve a shared goal; Dealing with others and your own fear and discomfort.
  • EntrapmentPlanning to action and the challenges that arise; Develop trust; Clarify roles and responsibilities.

Facilitator ‘C’ Activities

  • I2U2ME2WElearn others names and their talents; find common reasons for being on this team and working for this company.
  • Crossing OverImprovement upon existing resources; shared leadership and encouraging ideas from others.
  • Change upDealing with and quickly adjusting to change; learning from past experience and how to apply that knowledge to new situations; innovative thinking while remaining within strictly set boundaries and rules.

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11:30 – 12:00 ALL GROUP

Campus Living Community Puzzle OR Circles of Influence.

Community Puzzle

  • Each participant will be supplied with a blank piece of a large jigsaw puzzle. And asked to draw an image that represents the talents and skills they can bring to the Organization. Then the puzzle will be assembled and a closing discussion will take place about the need to continually do your best work, and work together.


Circles of Influence

  • Campus Living Staff will be broken into their work groups (meaning the staff and manger they will be working with for the Academic Year). Each work group will be physically separate from all the others. Additionally there will be a “resource area” with various resources that each work group will need. The Campus Living Work groups must determine a best way to use, allocate and share or NOT share resources.

Eventually ending the time in;

  • Defeat – Win-Lose “My team will win at the expense of others.”
  • Collaborate – Win-Win “We can all truly gain if we work together.”
  • Accommodate – Lose-Win “It’s not worth the fighting; take what you want.”
  • Withdraw – Inactive Lose-Lose “This is getting us nowhere. Let’s all just quit and do something else.”
  • Compromise – Active Lose-Lose “Let’s split the resources so that everyone gets an equal share.”

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12:00 – Done Completing either Option

  • In a guided discussion and application to Campus Living Work.

12:30 – Create-Learning eats lunch and cleans up.

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