All posts tagged: team

Giving and receiving feedback


Quite often people struggle with giving and receiving feedback. The basic method to apply when expressing feedback is to separate feelings and needs from observations. This is a structured 4 step approach to express feedback in a non-violent way: 1. OBSERVATIONS = FACTS What I observe. "When I (see, hear) ... 2. FEELINGS = EFFECTS How I feel. "I feel ..." 3. NEEDS = MOTIVATION What I need or value. "... because I need/value ..." […]

Exploring team dynamics

The success of team work, quote by Henry Ford

Topic of this short talk: team / group dynamics. The point is that you need to be aware of any dynamics happening in your team / group! Agile by example 2015: lightning talk – exploring team dynamics from Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse Contents of the presentation: Slide 1: Intro video (ants) Nice illustration of actual teamwork 🙂 Slide 2: Teamwork Teamwork is the corner stone of any successful undertaking. Teamwork is an individual skill. The purpose of […]

Teken touwtje trek – team coördinatie spel

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Teken touwtje trek

(article in Dutch) “Teken touwtje trek” is een team coördinatie spel. Het doel is om met meerdere personen gezamenlijk iets te tekenen – zoals je ziet door te trekken aan de touwtjes. Het spel focust op team coördinatie en afspraken en het ‘aanvoelen’ van je teamgenoten. De opdrachten variĂ«ren van simpel tot moeilijk, bovendien worden af en toe bepaalde beperkingen ingebouwd. Plezant! Je kan ontdekken hoe een team samenwerkt en communiceert, buiten de “dagdagelijkse” project […]

Dynamics of a team: creating a team manifesto, defining our principles and values

'We like to bring together people from radically different fields and wait for the friction to produce heat, light and magic. Sometimes it takes a while.'

When you put a group of individuals together, don’t expect them to act as a team “in a magical way” from day 1. Half a century ago, Tuckman already described the different stages of group development: the team model: Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing. Let’s explore the “dynamics” and emotional intelligence of a team and how a common understanding can help the team to get to a “well performing” state (besides the emotional […]

Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing


I do remember this from my business communication class and came along it in a blog post at SocialCast. The Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing model of group development was first proposed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965, who maintained that these phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for the team to grow, to face up to challenges, to tackle problems, to find solutions, to plan work, and to deliver results. This […]