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    Vallejo
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    Dear people of the Forum:
    Is there anyone that could recommend me a book on “team building and icebreakers” exercises? There are a lot of books at Amazon, but some of them can be considered the “Bible” on the subject?
    Thanks,
    Carlos
     

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    #103283

    Bob J
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    Carlos,
    I don’t know about bible, but we’ve had good success with the “Games Trainers Play” series by Scannell et al.  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0070464324/qid=1089641305/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/104-2094578-6551910?v=glance&s=books
    It covers a lot of ground.  Unfortunately I would have to admit that I “don’t know what I don’t know” in that it was the first reference we looked at so I can’t contrast with the other ones out there…
    Hope this helps…
    Best Regards,
    Bob J

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    #103287

    Vallejo
    Participant

    Bob:
    Thank you very much for the tip. I’ll try it.
    Best regards,
    Carlos

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    #104039

    boettler
    Member

    Have you looked at  “The Big Book of Business Games – John Newstron & Edward Scanell”.
     
    It has got Icebreakers, Creativity Exercises & Meeting Energizers – an easy to follow book that I have used several times.

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    #104050

    Leigh Wilkinson
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    Danger! Buzzword alert! Quick and dirty solutions suggested with collections of games and quiz books….
    Be sure and talk to your onsite HR or Org Development folks about teams before proceeding. Here is why:
    1/ some orgs have definitive process steps for team development – you may find yourself out of compliance. The danger here is that there are some labor standards for ‘teams’ and decision making protocol. Yes, I know; HR always seems to be a roadblock but it never hurts to check to see if your company has any guidelines. Who knows, you may find a resource who will help you determine your needs and facilitate your group development. By the way, its’ nearly impossible to facilitate and lead at the same time.Group development touches on complex & serious member emotional / logical issues. Get a facilitator for group development.You will be glad you did.
    2/ More importantly, what are you trying to accomplish? Are you looking for collaborative work practices with shared decision making for long term behaviors or are you using the looser definition of team which means that you are getting together for a single project or even worse; random meetings? “Team” is  a loaded term and means many different things to many different people. Be clear with yourself what you mean. Address issues of membership, skills, and decision making protocol.
    3/ Books and exercises are events not process. As SS advocates we should avoid falling into the event mentality. Do an internal VOC and see what you have and what you need in order to be functional. To understand this better, look at this link:
    http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0883904748,descCd-authorInfo.html
    This book by the late Brendan Reddy will help you assess and develop a truly functional team with defined roles and process.
    Hope this helps.
    Leigh

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    #104053

    Vallejo
    Participant

    Rob:
    Thank you very much. No, I don’t know this book. Recently I bought a book from Andy Kirby. Is good, but…
    With the knowledge you have today, would you buy the book from Newstron?
    Thank you very much,
    Carlos

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    #104055

    Jean Claude Provost
    Participant

    Keeping in mind the comment already made that you choice should relate to your objectives, hence the importance of the OD advice, …
    the best diversified  source which I have used over the years is the collections edited or published  by J. William Pfeiffer  who has developped this expertise over the past 30 years. His company has since been taken over by a large publisher, but the quality of practical materials for trainers & OD consultants continues.

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    #104063

    Vallejo
    Participant

    I’ll try the book. Thanks Jean-Claude.
    Best regards,
    Carlos

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    #104074

    Furneaux
    Member

    A good website is http://www.businessballs.com.  It offers teambuilding exercises as well as mental exercises designed to assist with brainstorming.

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    #104231

    Vallejo
    Participant

    Will:
    Your tip is excellent!
    Best regards,
    Carlos

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