November 17th, 2020
To say 2020 has been a challenging year for businesses and teams is the understatement of a lifetime. Unprecedented events forced changes that even the best could see coming around the corner. To top it off, it has lasted longer than anyone expected it could, and will be with us through the holiday season.
Typically a season a gratitude and holiday gatherings, business leaders will be forced to pivot again as we face cancellation of group celebrations, end-of-year team events, and even the cancellation of many of your team members’ personal family events.
It’s hard to predict what the emotional fallout will be as a result, but at minimum it’s safe to say it will challenging for many. Businesses of all sizes will deal with this differently and approach the holidays in new and creative ways. We did find an excellent resource to share that offers some create alternatives to the traditional holiday party: https://teambuilding.com/blog/virtual-holiday-party
The purpose of this post, however, is to share a team exercise that can help put 2020 in perspective coming into the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s how it works:
- Ahead of your next group zoom meeting, assign your team to two different groups.
- Each group will get together on their own Zoom conference and complete the following assignment.
- Choose an idea recorder to document the discussion in each group
- Group one will make a list of reasons that 2020 was absolutely terrible. Write down all thoughts to report back during the full team meeting.
- Group two will make a list of wonderful and beautiful things that happened as result of the events of 2020. Write down all thoughts to report back during the full team meeting.
- At your full team meeting, Group one will share their list first, with the recorder reading each one. It will feel a little gloomy, but it will remind everyone of how rough it really was.
- Next, group two will share their list of all the good things that happened as a result of 2020. The list will be longer than you think and you will watch faces visibly light up and nod in agreement with most observations.
- As the leader, you close with positive observations and gratitude for your team. Consider making your own list of positives ahead of time so you can add any that might have been overlooked from the team list.
This exercise is a wonderful way to go into Thanksgiving week with a gratitude mindset for friends, family, and co-workers, life, and the many blessings we share … pandemic or not.
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