Teamwork Exercise – Team Constellations #47On August 13, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
In the exercise the team will sit down close to the wall facing the empty room. One person at a time everyone will learn who plays which role within the team and how that feels for everyone. You select someone from the team to start with. He will place everyone in the room on a spot that he thinks makes sense based on his intuition. First he will place himself in the room by placing you as a trainer in the room to represent himself. This means that you as a trainer symbolize the participant who does the constellation. In this case in the middle of the room. The person may say why he puts himself there. If he doesn’t want to say it out loud, that’s fine as well. In this case he says: “I think I’m in the center of the organisation. That is why I placed myself in the center of the room. Now he will pick someone who he will place in the room relative to himself. In this case he places this person next to himself looking in the same direction. “I think we work very well together and are always on the same page. Now he puts the next participants in place. He places this participant next to himself and the other person “We work well together. But I get the impression you are keeping a close eye on us. This makes me feel uncomfortable sometimes.” The next person will be placed in the room. This person is also placed next to the constellator, shoulder to shoulder, in the middle of the room. However, he is looking in a different direction. “We work well together in a great way. Only sometimes I do have to admit you can be a bit dreamy. As if your thoughts are somewhere else. A next participant is now put in place. She is put next to the wall her body facing the center of the room. As a manager you are leading us from one step behind and you’re always aware of what’s happening. Only sometimes it feels like you’re very far away from us. The last person is put into place. This person is put on the side of the room with his back facing the center of the room. I get the impression you’re not seeing us enough because you’re too focused on numbers and results that are not related to our mutual goals. I would like to see more interest towards the team from you. Now the trainer switches places with the constellator. The constellator now stands in his own place and shares how he feels I feel strong but i feel also that the group isn’t united as one. The trainer trades places with the constellator again and tells him that he may place everyone as he would like to see them in an ideal situation. In this case he turns around the head of the participant that was facing the wall towards the middle. The participant on the side that was already facing the room will be repositioned closer to the group. He puts himself a little bit further from his close colleagues that he was shoulder to shoulder with. The participant in the middle that was looking in another direction is now turned so that he looks in the same direction. And the person looking at the constellator now looks in the same direction. The trainer trades places with the constellator and asks how he is feeling. This feels much better. I have a strong feeling that we’re much more united as a team now.” You also ask the other participants if they experience any differences now that they are standing in different places. It feels much better when I can observe the team from a distance and I feel more relaxed because I now trust the fact that the results will come naturally. Another person shares it was nice to take a step forward. The overview from the sideline is good to have. However when I stand closer to the rest I get the feeling I’m more part of the team while still remaining the overview.” The participant that was watching the people in the center and is now looking in the same direction shares that he hasn’t got this controlling feeling towards his colleagues anymore. When everyone has shared their experiences they may sit down. Now it’s the next participant’s turn. Continue the exercise until everyone had a turn at making a constellation and adjusting it to their ideal standard. The trainer guides the team and applies variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on YouTube. And haven’t you subscribed yet? Click on the subscribe button to stay tuned for a new video each Sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises. To improve cooperation and communication.