Teammates need to get to know each other, so they can have candid relationships. So we're back down to the foundation of Pat Lencioni's Pyramid from Five Dysfunctions of Teams. When they do, they care more about each other's approval, ask for help quicker, and hold each other accountable … and so up the pyramid to getting results.
I'd send everyone to a rope's course if we had time. (Or if they wanted to, or if there was a decent ropes course within 2 hours of Manhattan, or if it worked over video conferencing for all of our offices.)
One hour, everyone, six words, sharing. We learned some great stuff about each of our 100 staff in NYC, Rochester, Chicago, and Australia. It was hilarious. Now we have a quiz every day challenging you to match the memoir to the employee. We've expanded to have everyone use their FLIPs to make video bios and are going to label them on our portal with their six-word tag. And we got to spend a little time having people write six-word elevator pitches for M5. Here are some memoirs, some staff photos and videos of the event:
Erin - Rainy days always make me smile.
Kamal - Lazy guy stuck in workaholics body.
Chris - Forced community service taught me plenty.
Raquel - Wild red stars laugh with rum!
Christina - Loving goth chicks with pink hair.
Franko - Mad science, unconstrained panic, love work.
Demetri - Gay with no fashion sense - damn!