A MBTI team development activity: External and Internal Motivators Even in today’s climate, team cohesion continues to be a strategic advantage for organizations. Those working in collaborative teams are more motivated, more productive and engage in creative thinking more often than those in siloed environments. Team building workshops are a great way to keep the team connected, and can also be run virtually (for remote teams). Below is an activity is designed to help a team to raise its self-awareness, and learn about its strengths and blind spots. Instructions Ask the team to reflect on the following questions individually: External Motivators What helps me to be my best? What gets in the way of me being my best? What do I need from the team and environment? Internal Motivators What’s important to me? What motivates me? What demotivates me? Ask the team to discuss the following five questions as a group: What do you see as your team’s strengths and weaknesses? How might you overcome the weaknesses? Is one type or preference over-represented in the team? If so, what impact could this have? What might happen if you ignore different opinions in the team? What does it feel like to work in this team? Debriefing the activity Ask participants to share their thoughts. Encourage them to make connections with their preferences. Ask them, ‘What does this mean for your team meetings?’ Tips for using this activity in a virtual workshop Encourage participants to use video. Facilitate the group discussion so that everyone contributes. Feel free to provide the External and Internal Motivators PowerPoint template to your participants. Debrief the activity in a similar way that you would in a face-to-face environment. If you would typically use flip-charts to list the team’s strengths and weaknesses, provide a virtual whiteboard for individuals to add their thoughts. Additional resources White paper: So you think you know your team? Using the MBTI with Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team model MBTI Step I Exercise: Contributions and downsides MBTI Step I Exercise: Conflict and complementarity MBTI Step I Exercise: Rights and responsibilities Thank you to The Myers-Briggs Company for providing this activity in “The MBTI® Playbook”. This guide to delivering impactful MBTI programs in organizations will be released to Psychometrics Canada customers in the near future.