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Pfeiffer's classic activities for building better teams : the most enduring, effective, and valuable training activities for developing teams
Gordon, Jack.
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San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, [2003]

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xv, 381 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm.
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Research has shown that there is no better way to foster team spirit and promote harmony than to engage team members in experiential learning activities that impart lessons or encourage insight through direct experience or practice, as opposed to listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. This collection of specially selected experiential learning activities represent the very best team activities drawn from Pfeiffer's Annuals and Handbooks over the past thirty years. Never before published in one volume, these classic activities-- personally selected by e-learning magazine executive editor Jack Gordon-- are those that have stood the test of time. Gordon presents forty engaging, excellently conceived and designed team-building exercises that help to build trust, improve communication, understand roles, and improve performance among team members. These are the exercises experienced trainers remember with the most fondness, and the ones up-and-coming trainers need to have in their toolkit. They can be used to address a wide range of topics and problems with both newly formed or long-standing work teams.

Author Notes

Jack Gordon served for fifteen years as chief editor of Training Magazine, North America's leading monthly covering workplace training and development. His articles and columns on training subjects have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, San Diego Chronicle, and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Resource
About the Editor
Part 1 Games, Role Plays, and Exercises
Orientation to Team Concepts
1 Lost at Sea: A Consensus-Seeking TaskPaul M. Nemiroff and William A. Pasmore
2 Wilderness Survival: A Consensus-Seeking TaskDonald T. Simpson
3 Prisoners' Dilemma: An Intergroup Competition (Editors)
4 Testing: Intergroup CompetitionPeter R. Scholtes
Communication and Group-Process Issues
5 Cog's Ladder: A Process-Observation ActivityGeorge O. Charrier
6 Line of Four: An Intergroup CompetitionWilliam R. Mulford
7 The Advertising Firm: A Team Feedback ActivityJeanne Lindholm
8 Team Planning: Effects of Differential InformationThomas J. Mallinson and Ron Sept and Alan Tolliday
9 Paper Box: An Intergroup-Competition ActivityJames G. Clawson
10 Risk Game: Competition and Team BuildingAllen J. Schuh
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
11 Lutts and Mipps: Team Problem Solving (Editors)
12 The Lawn: Problem or Symptom?William W. Kibler and William T. Milburn
13 Cash Register: Group Decision Making (Editors)
14 Vacation Schedule: Group Problem SolvingL.B. Day and Meeky Blizzard
15 Farm E-Z: A Multiple Role Play, Problem-Solving ActivityJon L. Joyce
16 Murder One: Information SharingDonald K. McLeod.Stress and Conflict
17 Committee Meeting: Demonstrating Hidden Agendas (Editors)
18 SPY: An Intergroup ActivityStephen J. Schoen
19 Ajax Appliance Corporation: Exploring Conflict-Management StylesJudith L. Grewell and Michael L. Gracey and Geraldine Platt and Dale N. DeHaven
20 Slogans: A Team-Development ActivitySuresh M. Sant
21 Sticky Wickets: Exploring Group StressWilliam B. Kline and Joseph J. Blase
Part 2 Working with Actual Team Issues
Clarifying Roles
22 Four Corners: Preferences That Affect Group WorkBonnie Jameson
23 Multiple Roles: Nature and OrientationManish Nandy
24 Role Clarification: Developing a Team NormJohn E. Jones
25 Yours, Mine, and Ours: Clarifying Team ResponsibilitiesMike M. Milstein
26 Kaleidoscope: Team Building Through Role ExpansionCarlo E. Cetti and Mary Kirkpatrick Craig
Giving and Receiving Feedback
27 The Art of Feedback: Providing Constructive InformationStephen C. Bushardt and Aubrey R. Fowler and Jr
28 Team Self-Evaluations: A Collection of Instruments (Editors)
29 Twenty-Five Questions: Assessing Team DevelopmentJohn E. Jones
30 I Hear That You . . . : Giving and Receiving Feedback (Editors)
31 Analyzing and Increasing Open Behavior: The Johari WindowPhilip G. Hanson
32 Sharing and Supporting Goals: Building Opennessand CommitmentRichard L. Bunning
33 Leadership Abilities: Constructive CriticismFred E. Woodall
34 Dividing the Loot: Symbolic Feedback (Editors)
35 The Genie's Wish: Identifying and Addressing Team NeedsThomas F. Penderghast
Problem Solving and Conflict
36 Action Planning: A Guide for Team DevelopmentRobert P. Crosby
37 Control or Surrender: Altering Approaches to Problem SolvingJim Ballard
38 Conflict Management: Developing a ProcedureLarry C. Porter
39 Win What, Lose What? An Intergroup Conflict InterventionKenneth Finn
40 Intergroup Clearing: A Relationship-Building InterventionLarry C. Porter