Team Exercises for Small Groups – Stop, Start, Continue #27On August 12, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
In this exercise the team will form a circle and stand at equal distances from each other. Each participant will take a piece of paper and a pen. On the paper he writes what he thinks the team should stop doing what he thinks the team should start with and what he thinks the team should continue to do. Each participant will write this down on his paper. One participant writes down on his paper that he wants the team to stop with paying so much attention to other peoples work. The team to start giving each other more constructive feedback. And continue having fun with each other Everyone writes this down so there are ten papers with stop, start and continue. When everyone has written down their answers all the papers will be collected by the trainer. The trainer examines what the participants have written down and writes the most common answers on the whiteboard. Five participants have written down that they would like to stop paying too much attention to each other’s work. Four participants would like to start with giving more constructive feedback. And almost all participants agree that they have great humour together. Naturally every participant will have a different way of phrasing. That’s why it’s important to look for patterns in what the participants have written under stop start and continue. Discuss the topics with the group. In this case these are: Stop with paying too much attention to each other. Start with giving constructive feedback. And continue with shared humour. Begin with discussing ‘stop’. In this case it’s: stop with paying too much attention to each others work. You ask the team one by one to come up with ways to stop paying too much attention to each other’s work. When someone is talking, the rest of the team remains silent. One participant says: “We could stop paying so much attention to each other by focusing on ourselves.“ Let every participant come up with a solution until everyone gave a suggestion. Write down the most picked solution below the topic. Now the second topic will be discussed: Start with giving constructive feedback. Now you ask the team what they specifically would like to do to start with giving each other constructive feedback. Everyone will speak out his solution to the group. One participant says: “I would like to start giving constructive feedback by organizing a monthly team session in which we exchange constructive feedback.” Here everyone comes up with a solution as well and shares that with the group. Write down the most common solution to the problem on the whiteboard below the topic. In this case: a monthly team session. Finish with the most positive aspect of the exercise, continue. In this case the team agrees they have great humour together. Ask the team if they have an example of their mutual humour or a good memory about which they can laugh. Write down the memories and examples of their humour below ‘continue’ on the whiteboard. We can prank each other in a very funny way. Now summarize all the solutions and memories written down on the whiteboard so the team gets a clear view of how they can stop, start and continue the given topics. This way the team will remember the exercise. The trainer guides the team and applies variations. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube And haven’t you subscribed yet? Click on the subscribe button below this video to stay tuned for every sunday a new team exercise on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.