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Getting back to work after a long Christmas break is quite a struggle. So when you first get your team back together to plan the year ahead why not start with a few ice breakers to smooth the way and get people engaged and looking forward to the team meeting. Nothing is worse than ploughing straight in where you left off in 2013!
Get the coffee out and get everyone seated in a circle or horseshoe - no tables - much more conducive to getting a good response. Ask people to spend a few minutes thinking about the following:
- What personal New Year's resolution have they set that they would be willing to share with the team?
- Think of a personal New Year's resolution for the workplace
- Think of a new year's resolution that the whole team could sign up to for 2014
Share Some New Year's Resolutions
Starting with yourself reveal your personal new year's resolution (NYR). Then, using a ball or some soft object throw it to one of your team and ask that person to share their NYR . Remember not to force people to share! If you have sufficient trust within the team it will be done willingly. If not you have some trust issues and need to work on those on another day. Once they have revealed their NYR ask then to throw the ball to another member and so on until everyone has had a go.
Onto round 2 and repeat starting with yourself and asking everyone what personal NYR they have for the workplace ie. one thing they will personally do for the better at work.
Round 3 - you may wish to break into small discussion groups for this - what NYR could the whole team sign up to ? Each small group to come back to the whole group with ideas for a whole team NYR. Hopefully the chosen team NYR is unanimous
You may realise that to do this session properly with care and thought it will take a fair amount of time depending on the size of the team. You could easily give over a good half day for this.
It's a good idea to record people's NYR's for commitment and achievement purposes. You could list them on flipchart and pin on the wall; you could make a really nice poster out of them and frame and then give each person a copy. You could even get people to write on a postcard and post them back to people in 3/4 months! Whatever you do don't forget to follow up on them in the next few meetings to check how people are getting on.