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OD intervention: Create a set of team values or behaviours.


This quick OD intervention helps a team to develop a set of rules for working together. The 'code of conduct' developed by the team during this activity, is used to guide team behavior back at work.

Team rules provides structure to a team. It shows them clearly how they are expected to behave.

Use this intervention to build new teams, or to change behaviors in ineffective teams. This intervention can be used in the following situations:
  • A new CEO who wants to set ground rules for his management or executive team.
  • A new leader in a department, division or region who wants to set the tone for how people will behave towards one another in his team.
  • A leader who wants to improve the way his/her team works together.
  • Project teams - a quick team building activity to use during the formation stage.
  • New teams formed after a merger or restructure.
  • An ineffective team that needs to be turned around.
  • The start of any workshop that involves team work.

Why this intervention works:

  • The first step in changing how people behave towards one another, is to have everyone agree to a common set of rules.
  • When people create their own set of rules, they are more likely to commit to them.
  • This intervention allows the team to create their own set of team rules, based on their experience of winning teams vs losing teams.
  • Recognizing that it takes 21 times to practice a new behavior before it becomes a habit, the exercise also encourages the group to find practical ways to reinforce the new behaviors. 

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