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    Jul 29, 2020    |   Psychometrics Canada

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.



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


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.

Filed under: TEAM BUILDING, Type Talk