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Building Team Spirit: Activities for Inspiring and Energizing Teams [Paperback]

Barry J. Heermann
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1 Jun 1997
Enhance the cohesiveness, enthusiasm, and trust of any team using the 50 proven activities contained in this comprehensive team-building resource. The activities help you develop teams in any of the six phases of the "Team Spirit Spiral:" Initiating...Visioning...Claiming...Celebrating...Letting Go...and Service. Pick and choose just the activities your team needs to improve its weak spots or follow step-by-step the complete "Team Spirit Spiral" program.Developed from studies of what creates "team spirit" on performing teams and successfully field-tested at AT&T, NCR, LEXIS/NEXIS, and other major companies, the unique 'Team Spirit' program will be an invaluable resource for inspiring peak performance in work groups in any type of organization. The activities in "Building Team Spirit" are for facilitators who want to: build team morale by fostering interconnectedness; resolve conflict through forthright communication; provide constructive feedback; clarify team roles and goals; develop new thinking and plan for the future; and, encourage festivity and fun. And to help you achieve maximum effectiveness with your teams, each activity comes with learning goals, necessary preparations, and facilitator guidelines plus reproducible forms and graphic materials for presentations or handouts.

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill (1 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070284733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070284739
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 20.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,891,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enhance the cohesiveness, enthusiasm, and trust of any team using the 50 proven activities contained in this comprehensive team-building resource. The activities help you develop teams in any of the six phases of the "Team Spirit Spiral:" Initiating...Visioning...Claiming... Celebrating...Letting Go...and Service. Pick and choose just the activities your team needs to improve its weak spotsÑor follow step-by-step the complete Team Spirit Spiral program. Developed from studies of what creates "team spirit" on performing teams and successfully field-tested at AT&T, NCR, LEXIS/NEXIS, and other major companies, the unique Team Spirit program will be an invaluable resource for inspiring peak performance in work groups in any type of organization. The activities in Building Team Spirit are for facilitators who want to: Build team morale by fostering interconnectedness; Resolve conflict through forthright communication; Provide constructive feedback; Clarify team roles and goals; Develop new thinking and plan for the future; Encourage festivity and fun. And to help you achieve maximum effectiveness with your teams, each activity comes with learning goals, necessary preparations, and facilitator guidelinesÑplus reproducible forms and graphic materials for presentations or handouts.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A spiral of jargon ! 13 July 2002
Format:Paperback
I`m sure that there are some good ideas in this book, but unfortunately the terms and jargon used read more like a "hippy handbook". I suspect that if I tried to use some of the activities in the book my colleagues would think I had flipped.Activity Goal "...to foster deeper relationships among team members through storytelling about their life journeys..." Re. The Team Spirit Spiral "....reflect on the movements of the spiral in your own life..." "Ask the team to take a flight of fancy imagining... they are flying high above the earth as a bird or in a flying machine ..." Theres lots more - Harmonic Resonances, Team Manadala,interpretive report for the personality inventory. I know the book is American, but if I (as per one activity) sent my team out into a garden in pairs and asked them to bring back items that they felt represented the different levels of the "Team Spiral", I may never see some of them again. I thought that perhaps I had misunderstood the target audience of the book (i.e. not business) but the intro claims the system has been used to enhance Fortune 500 companies. To summarise, a potentially superb book / idea which needs translating into less "hello clouds, hello trees" jargon for the UK market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Team activities that really work! 26 Aug 1997
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For once here's a book that truly delivers thought-provoking activities to inspire team members. Organized by the stage of a team (developing, mature, etc.) there are activities here for any situation.

I bought this book while preparing a workshop to combine two existing teams from different companies into one. Itseemed custom-made for my needs in developing the staff workshop and provided just the extra energy I was looking for.

This book's a keeper - a welcome addition to my reference library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Team activities that really work! 26 Aug 1997
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Format:Paperback
For once here's a book that truly delivers thought-provoking activities to inspire team members. Organized by the stage of a team (developing, mature, etc.) there are activities here for any situation.

I bought this book while preparing a workshop to combine two existing teams from different companies into one. Itseemed custom-made for my needs in developing the staff workshop and provided just the extra energy I was looking for.

This book's a keeper - a welcome addition to my reference library
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing spirituality into teamwork 24 April 2000
By J. A. Neal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is the only practical book on the market for helping people to deeply explore the connection between spirituality and high performance in teamwork. The six-stage model is applicable not only to teams but to one's own personal development, to couples, and to organizations. The exercises are well-designed and easy to follow. The large full-page layout of the book allows you to copy very professional handout material to use in workshops.
This six-stage team development model has been used with great success in both for-profit organizations such as AT&T, and in non-profit organizations. I highly recommend it to all trainers who are working with teams, and suggest that you consider taking Heerman's Team Spirit Certification Training to further develop your skills in this area.
36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want touchy-feely, this is your book! 29 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping to find fun, but relevant exercises. Instead, the book wants you to share your feelings, or connect nine dots (been there, done that back in high school!). This book is good if you want to share your feelings, and is not good if you are looking to hve fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars Abig book loaded 2 Oct 2013
By Lucille R. Owens - Published on Amazon.com
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A big book, loads to helpful material to read and experience.It is beyond my need so will use then keep as reference.
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 15 May 2001
By Steve Ibbotson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In purchasing this book I was looking for pragmatic exercises applicable to work teams in the U.K. Having read the book, and being an experienced and well respected trainer,I decided that there was little, if anything that would be acceptable to 'blue collar workers'. There is too much 'ivory tower theory' that would turn people off, rather than stimulating and inspiring them to become actively involved in either a training or team activity. For me it was a waste of money!
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