[quote=“heyvictor, post:7, topic:587”]Willem, you said, "In a funny way, the team building social-technologies I use will never hold a candle to the fundamental experrience of a simple, powerful, life-threatening crisis.
Could you talk about these social-technologies?[/quote]
Absolutely! As I mentioned in my reply to Jhereg, I use a mix of improvisational (“theater” games) and Agile Teamwork methods.
Check out wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development
A lot of these tools come down to such things as consistent short stand-up meetings (meetings so short you don’t need to sit down), simple and useful consensus decision making process (resting on the ‘consensus does not mean we all agree’ paradox), brainstorming methods, group/individual check-ins (one-word check-in, appreciations, puzzles, new information, complaints w/recommendations, hopes + wishes), iterative processes (i.e., every week may start with a planning session, proceed with daily stand-up meetings, and end with a retrospective on what happened, then repeat for the next week).
‘Retrospective’ refers to a more elaborate version of the ORID debrief model, “Observations, Reflections, Implications, Decisions”, the smaller version of which I use when debriefing classes at the close of a workshop, or any similar event.
Also throw in Open Space Gatherings/Rewild Camps.
Also throw in basic facilitation skills, such as keeping tabs on a group process, such as (when, say, someone stomps out of the room in a huff), saying “what just happened? did every one see that? can you explain it to me? and can we still proceed or do we need to resolve it?” kind of stuff.
And so on. I’ve really found that for the majority of folks I work with, traditional native models just don’t work. Modern urban people (and probably rural too, but I haven’t worked with them, so I can’t say) need lots of stepping stones to get to the point where they could even handle a ‘talking circle’ and such models.
Fortunely, the stepping stones exist a-plenty, and they work great.
And maybe this addresses Jhereg’s point about ‘sometimes crisis destroys a group too’, which I agree with. In the presence of useful team processes, I don’t think that will happen as much, if at all! But, well-facilitated teams, without a true, cut-to-the-bone crisis, will always remain marriages of convenience. They miss that true high-flying flavor of teams of our ancestral past (tribes), some teams in war (squads, etc.), some sports teams (underdogs that win the championship), and so on. These peak teams really harken to the most awesome parts of our humanity, I think.