Whether due to the fluidity of todays workforce, or the constant churn some industries encounter with their talent pool, we are often asked to work with new teams or teams that have recently undergone significant personnel changes.
One of the best methods to accelerate familiarity and personal comfort with a team is an exercise called About Me.
Using a form, About Me asks each participant to reveal such basic information about themselves such as birthday, favorite book, perfect vacation, etc.
Progressively more in-depth information is requested, such as What I am most proud of concerning my contributions to the company, Here is how to approach me when you have ideas or suggestions, feedback or need help, and WARNING! this is how to tell that I am under a lot of pressure.
Team members receive an About Me form in advance so they have plenty of time to thoroughly explore each question. Interspersed throughout the workshop are opportunities for two or three participants at a time to share their responses.
The completed forms can be given to the team to take back to the workplace, making it accessible to all team members.