Team Collaboration: Funny Video Icebreaker
"For the Birds" from Pixar is a hilarious 3-minute cartoon video which I have used many times as a ice-breaker with teams, networks and groups. It is a great way to make people laugh, relax and quickly open up a really good discussion on some very important team-related issues. Make sure you watch right to the end with the sound on!
The video can be used to open a discussion on a number of important aspects about good collaboration and effective teams, as listed below.
I have also included links to relevant articles on each of these topics
- The power of team diversity (or requisite variety) - great teams include some funny looking birds too
- The importance of big companies as well as small companies in a successful collaborative network
- Understanding and respecting the 3 distinct rings of commitment in any team
- The unexpected consequences of hasty actions
- Nobody likes free-loaders....but what can you do?
- Avoiding cliques in communities and teams
I am sure you will think of many many more.....
About Ken Thompson
About Ken ThompsonKen Thompson delivers keynote conference speeches, workshop facilitation and in-house consultancy in four key business areas:
- Creating High Performing Teams in enterprises including Virtual and Mobile Teams (based on the Bioteams Book)
- Establishing effective Collaborative Business Networks enabling companies to co-operate effectively in areas such as sales and product development (based on the book - The Networked Enterprise)
- How to use the latest social media technologies including blogging and online communities to promote enterprises, brand, organisation or event
- Development of graphical on-line interactive Business Dashboards and What-if Simulators for organisations to support Performance Improvement, Strategy Development and Executive Team Development.
Bioteams Books Reviews
Steven Poole, writing for the Guardian on Saturday March 15, reviews "Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration", by Keith Sawyer and concludes that the book's big idea is that there is no such thing as the lone genius: everything turns out to be collaborative.