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Can anyone recommend some good Team Development books/resources?


Hi there

I am getting a lot of demand at the moment for exercises that encourage teams to reflect on their strengths & weaknesses, or that enable teams to get to know each other better, or identify areas for performance improvements.
The sorts of activities I am currently using are Team Satisfaction inventories, Team lifelines, SDI etc, but I could really do with some more ideas.

Does anyone have any suggestions for books or other resources that give suggestions for Team Development activities - but which AREN'T games/experiential activities (we have lots of these already)?

I've already got the CIPD's Team Development Exercises toolkit, and have found the book "Tools for Team Excellence" by Gregory Huczczo helpful.

Thanks in advance.


Helen Wyatt

4 Responses

  1. Team development

    Hi. I’ve found some of the Pfeiffer material good but they are mostly games/experiential. In terms of team awareness, I have found the Management Team Roles Indicator or MTR-i helpful. This identifies 8 team roles through a questionnaire and interactive discussion. Concentration or lack of certain roles within a team highlights where the team needs to pay attention. Similar in some ways to Belbin and de Bono’s Six Hats.

    You can also use the MTR-i with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to look at how much people are stretched in their team role compared to their natural preferences.
    Hope that’s helpful.

  2. Response : Team Development books/resources
    Hello Helen –

    Try the Zoom and/or Re-Zoom books by Istvan Banya.. Its good.

  3. A couple of recommendations
    MBTI is always a good intervention for teams.

    Also Patrick Lencioni’s Five Disfunctiosn of a team book and workbook.

  4. Strengths
    My two Eurocents:
    Look into the books by Tom Rath and Marcus Buckingham about a strengths-based approach to work.
    (There is also an online strengths test available together with the book “Strengthsfinder 2.0”.)

    Stated in “One Thing You Need to Know” is the recipe for a successful and fulfilling work: Stop doing the things which drain you. If a team can somehow manage to let everyone concentrate more on their strengths, the whole team will be better for it.




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