Teamwork and Teamplay: Games and Activities for Building and Training Teams / Edition 1

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Two training legends offer you a definitive team sourcebook!

The world's two best-known team-building facilitators bring you over thirty-five cutting-edge activities. You'll turn to this treasury of hassle-free, sure-fire games, exercises, and simulations time and time again.

"In keeping with the tradition of continuous learning about teamwork, Thiagi and Parker have hit a home run. Teamwork and Teamplay is a must-have for every training bookshelf."
—Harvey A. Robbins, co-author, Why Teams Don't Work

"I can think of forty reasons to buy this book: thirty-eight games and activities, each a gem—plus two of the best writers in the training business. I am truly impressed at how well each activity is designed and how easy the rules are to understand."
—Steve Sugar, author, Games That Teach; president, The Game Group

The game formats are varied: some short, some long; some icebreakers, some closers; and much more! A game selection matrix enables you to find a game that suits your situation. Plus, training legends Thiagi and Parker share with you their proven insights on effective teamwork and facilitation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787947910
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 428,620
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

SIVASAILAM THIAGARAJAN is president of Workshops by Thiagi, a consulting and training company. He is also the editor of the Thiagi GameLetter, a newsletter that deals with training games and activities. GLENN PARKER —author of Team Players and Teamwork, among other best-selling books—is president of Glenn M. Parker & Associates, a training and consulting firm that works with organizations to create and sustain high-performing team-based systems.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.

Balloonatics: A Not-So-Serious Assessment Activity.

Boxed In: An Opening Activity.

Building Bridges: Creating Effective Stakeholder Relationships.

Censorship: Exploring Cooperation and Competition.

Controversy: Discussing Sensitive Topics.

Defining Moment: An Ethical Decision-Making Activity.

Escape from Gilligan's Island: A Conensus-Building Exercise.

ET: Exploring Characteristics of Effective Teams.

Free Cash: A Cash Game to Explore Trust.

Help!: A Quick Simulation Activity.

How Do You Like Your Recognition? A Self-Assessment.

Metcalfe: A Large Group Team-Building Activity.

Our Team: Learning the Stages of Team Development.

Quotes from Experts: An Inter-Team Contest.

Real Virtual: A Simulation Game.

SDLT: A Self-Directed Learning Team Activity.

Situation Analysis: A Problem-Solving Activity.

Sleepless in Seattle: An Inter-Goup Team Game.

Slogans: An Intact Team Icebreaker.

Stages: Reviewing the Team-Development Process.

Team Bingo: An Educational Activity.

Team Contest: An Idea-Generation Challenge.

Team Game Show: A Competitive Activity.

Team Hats: A Closing Activity.

Team Leader: Identifying Desirable Characteristics of Leaders.

Team Norms: Exploring Relationships Among Groud Rules.

Team Quotes: An Introductory Activity.

Team Rewards: A Consesus Activity.

Team Values: Clarifying Application Opportunities.

The Values Continuum: A Team-Assessment Tool.

Two-Hour Team Building: A Quick and Effective Intervention.

What's My Line?: A Role-Clarification Activity.

The Wine List: An Introductory Activity.

Words to Team By: A Different Kind of Assessment Tool.

Your Blank Team: An Assessment Activity.

Your Tarot Team: A Quick Team Assessment.

Zero Sum?: A Cross-Team Collaboration Game.

Topical Index of Games and Activities.

Activities and Games: Primary Use.

Activities and Games: Time and Participants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002


    Although this book came highly recommended it was not at all what I expected. I was looking for a book of games that I could use in the training of a new team, and one that would heelp facilitate team building. Games and Activities may be part of the title, but clearly these activities were not meant for game-type use. Each of the 38 activities involved discussion, and many had handouts that required participants to write their toughts down. I good resource if this is what you are looking for, but not if you want a book of games to help in new team development.

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