Camaraderie through adversary: The art of building functional teams

by Andrew Maynard on May 6, 2012

For everyone who has struggled with team building exercises and writing course syllabuses, I thought you might enjoy this syllabus (in the approved format of course) for a much anticipated (ha!) faculty team-building exercise that I’m leading this week.

Enjoy!

COURSE TITLE

Camaraderie through adversary: The art of building functional teams.

PRE-REQUISITES

A thick skin and a willingness to make a fool of oneself. A sense of humor is also helpful.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Having fun with others – whether you like it or not.

READING MATERIALS:

  • A Survival Guide for Working with Humans: Dealing with Whiners, Back-Stabbers, Know-It-Alls, and Other Difficult People by Gini Graham Scott (AMACOM, 2004)
  • How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie (Pocket Books, 1990)
  • The complete idiots guide to idiots by M. Anne Thrope (Random Publications, 1998)

COURSE EVALUATION

  • Participation:                                    50%
  • Not being done for GBH:                25%
  • Being the last person standing:     25%

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this course are:

  • To group-experience a series of cruel and unusual tasks
  • To demonstrate why if you want a job done properly – you do it yourself
  • To explore the aphorism “if you want a friend – get a dog!”
  • To entertain the instructor – who will not be participating in the tasks
  • To finish as fast as possible and head for the bar.

COURSE OUTCOMES

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Think critically (mainly about other team members)
  • Problem solve (in their head at least – problem solving in practice is not anticipated)
  • Express themselves verbally – and possibly through hand signals as well.
  • Work within a dysfunctional team to complete a meaningless task – sometimes.

MAJOR COURSE TOPICS

  • Milling around with bits of paper
  • Playing with a stick
  • Re-purposing random stuff from a sack
  • Being shackled to colleagues
  • Group hug (NO – there are some limits!)

 

1 Heastan May 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Do you have instructions on the team shackle activity? It sounds interesting.

Thank you.

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