Esteem-building for Teams
Tom Teague believes in people and their ability to achieve
good results together as teams. Recently, Teague, President and
CEO of Westwood Residential, created what he calls the
"Westwood Matching Quiz."
The quiz divides a single sheet of paper into three columns.
The left column contains a list of personality/character traits
or habits such as adaptability, creative, efficient, goodness,
kindness, understanding, etc. The center column provides a list
of the names of every member of the Westwood "team." On
the far right is a column of blank lines.
The quiz instructions read, "Please select the
description you feel most appropriately fits the person listed on
the right side of the page [center column] by filling in the
appropriate word in the blank next to the name. Once you have
completed the quiz, please turn in the sheet anonymously to
Every member of the Westwood office participated immediately
without further prodding. Some employees listed several traits
for each fellow employee. Others saw the quiz as a simple,
one-for-one matching exercise. Teague tabulated the input and
handed everyone a summary of the results.
The quiz observably affected his team. Everyone found
something good to say about everyone else. Everyone wanted to
express their feelings. Everyone seemed surprised by the
outpouring of support and admiration. Immediately the team's
sense of camaraderie increased. A kind of tangible cohesiveness
set in. Team members faced the positive truth about one another.
Self-esteem and mutual respect grew as a result. Tom recommends
the quiz as a terrific team-building exercise.
Draw your own conclusions. I for one will find a way to use
the "Teague quiz" in my own non-profit shop! No doubt,
I'll pay for giving Tom this much public credit, but I thought
you needed to be aware of this great idea. If you would like to
receive a copy, feel free to call me!
Grace and peace.
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