Team assets? A simple tool to find them

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Teams that can at first glance look like a hot mess, inevitably have strengths if you look close enough.  Upon second & third look, interesting stories start to emerge.


I encourage all teams to look for their assets or strengths (as well as their challenges).  Every team has them, even the team that I once worked with that regularly yelled at each other & banged the tables when they talked.


Here’s an easy way to do that (find your team’s assets that is, not bang tables).


Before your next staff meeting ask your colleagues to give you three pieces of information about themselves that their colleagues don’t know AND they’re okay with sharing.  Be very, very clear that you’ll be sharing the information, as you don’t want any nasty surprises down the road with sharing something that wasn’t intended to be public.


Then simply read out some of the information & see if others can guess who you’re describing.


I love watching people’s faces as they discover new things about their team members.  It always leads to much storytelling later on.


You can do this all at once (read 1 piece of information from each person on your team) or spread it out over several meetings & simply read one piece of information at a time.  Your choice.


How does this relate to assets?  Knowing each other & hearing each other’s stories is a huge asset for a team.


So give it a try & let me know how it went in the comments below.  What did you learn about your colleagues?  I’d love to hear.


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