Team dynamics are a very important part of working life. They can have a big impact on:
The profitability of an organisation.
Whether people enjoy their work.
Staff retention rates.
Team and individual performance.
And many others.
However, team dynamics are often neglected or ignored. This can have a significant impact on the way a team works. In this article, we describe what team dynamics are, what causes problems in team dynamics, and how they can be improved.
Possible Debrief Questions
How were decisions made?
Who influenced the decisions and how?
How could better decisions have been made?
Did people listen to each other? if not why not?
What roles did group members adopt?
How was conflict managed?
What kinds of behavior helped or hindered the group?
How did people feel about the decisions?
How satisfied was each person with the decision (ask each
participant to rate his / her satisfaction out of 10, then obtain a
group average and compare / discuss with other groups' satisfaction
What have you learnt about the functioning of this group?
How would you do the activity differently if you were asked to do it again?
What situations at work/home/school do you think are like this exercise?