In addition to the 6 TIGERS Behavior Agreements that form group norms, this team survey can be used for creating team ground rule agreements.
Here are some facilitation guidelines to consider before exploring the assumptions your team holds about teams:
- Make sure every team member feels heard from and listened to.
- Do not vote. The goal is to talk through each issue.
- Consensus means that you may not be in 100% agreement, but you have been heard and you’ll support the team’s decisions with commitment and accountability.
- Do not give in to reach agreement – view differences of opinion as good.
- Be open and strive for a collaborative and creative solution.
- Ask questions and make sure you understand everyone’s opinion before you make up your mind.
Distribute one assessment to each member of the team. The results of everyone’s individual assessment will be used to build consensus for establishing ground rules.
Assumptions About Teams
Instructions: Part 1 Individual Assessment – Read each statement once. Check whether you agree (A) or disagree (D) with each statement.
Key: “A” if you agree. “D” if you disagree.
( ) 1. A primary concern of all teams members should be to establish and atmosphere where all are free to express their opinions.
( ) 2. In a team with a strong leaders, a team member is able to achieve greater personal security than in a team with a more passive leader.
( ) 3. There are often occasions when a team member who is part of a working team should do what he or she thinks is right regardless of what the group has decided to do.
( ) 4. Team members are required to attend team meetings.
( ) 5. Generally, there are times when democratic group decisions must be abandoned in order to solve practical problems.
( ) 6. In the long run, it is important to use participative methods to achieve results.
( ) 7. Sometimes it is necessary to persuade team members to the directions you think is right, even when they object.
( ) 8. It is sometimes necessary to ignore the feelings of others in order to reach a group decision.
( ) 9. When leaders are doing their best, team members should not openly criticize or find fault with their conduct.
( ) 10. Meetings would be more productive if leaders would get right to the point and say what he or she wants the group to do.
( ) 11. Skills in group participation are formed early in life and are impossible to improve upon.
( ) 12. Interest falls off when everyone on the team has to be considered before making decisions.
( ) 13. Teamwork increases when the leader is careful to choose friends as team members.
( ) 14. A team is no stronger than its weakest member.
( ) 15. In the long run it is easier to replace an ineffective team member than try to keep him on the team.
( ) 16. Once a team gets established in a set way of working, it is almost impossible to change.
( ) 17. One resistant team member can keep a whole team from improving its performance.
( ) 18. The most important condition in a successful team development program is the motivation level of the team members to want to see the program succeed.
( ) 20. To become a really effective team, members should have a personal liking for each other.
*Adapted from Skill Building For Self Directed Team Members: Harper
Every team needs to engage in the process of establishing its own ground rules, which are mutually agreed on ways of conducting business. Teams will be different when it comes to ground rules. This is because just as the fur patter on the face of a tiger is as unique as a human finger print so is each team.
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