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From The CriticsReviewer: Marchusa A. Huff, DNS, RN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This easy-to-use paperback manual of activities is designed to assist the trainer with creative approaches to teach team dynamics. The focus is on adapting humor and creative teaching strategies to team facilitation.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide an easy-to-understand guide that helps the group or team trainer develop a new strategy to apply humor to practice. According to the author, the book offers a variety of easy-to-use exercises that will help add energy and fun to teamwork.
Audience: The book is intended primarily for educators who are responsible for leading or facilitating teams. Nurse managers, group leaders, and committee leaders are also among the target audience,
Features: The overall organization of this paperback manual is logical. It begins with a brief introduction to the author's concept of building teams using the four Ms: magical, mysterious, miserable, or mind-boggling. The focus is on magical. Prescriptive activities and guides and a detailed table of contents allows one to coordinate and customize activities to meet specific goals. The large print, graphics, reproducible worksheets, and the wonderful magic wand included make adaptation of content easier. Suggestions for problem solving using tools such as flow charts and a cause and effect (fishbone) diagram along with creative rewards for group success along the way are included.
Assessment: This nursing reference provides creative approaches to adult team building. It is a valuable resource in this rapid state of change in the healthcare setting. The overall design of activities is easy to follow and invites the user to plan to have fun. Individuals who have not developed the ability to laugh and have fun will find this guide intriguing. The title effectively represents the book contents. A user of the manual might develop skill in livening up the process of working with people. For those nurse educators and team builders who want to bring humor or variety to this work, this is a must-own reference.