CNO Roundtable 2022
Teambuilding Tips and Tricks
Fun and innovative ways to foster group cohesion
Sometimes, effective nursing leadership IS all fun and games. Here are some lighthearted, silly or unusual exercises our CNO panelists have used to foster team-building and group cohesion.
Elizabeth Adams, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center
The “animal game” is a fun activity to help our teams understand each other’s communication styles. Leaders may be lions, lambs, monkeys or tigers, recognizing the toy animal on the other person’s desk reminds us how to communicate effectively with them. Additionally, during our Magnet Recognition, some of our leaders dressed up in Star Wars costumes and danced — it was great! These activities allow us to be vulnerable as leaders, together.
Anita Girard, Cedars-Sinai
I use the True Colors personality profiling system to help teams get to know each other better. This is a simple but fun activity. It never gets old, especially if the person running the activity is well-versed in the color profiling methodology. I have even seen people put their True Colors on their name badges so people know how to address them.