Free teamwork games for improved professionalism introduction:
It’s important for team members to discover and learn together so they can grow together as they work to build a stronger team.
"Professionalism comes down to the many choices that people make daily."
From the time we get up in the morning we choose the clothes we wear; women choose the way in which they apply their makeup and men make a choice of wearing ties, facial hair, etc.
We all choose the cleanliness of our automobile or the level of organization we display in our workspace.
Professionalism is determined based on how others perceive you. It’s not about how much you spend on a suit, but the fact that your suit is nicely pressed and stain-free.
It’s not about the kind of car you drive, it’s about the pride and care you take in keeping it clean and well serviced. Professionalism comes down to EFFORT.
Team members who make the extra effort to ensure they are perceived well by others will ultimately reap the rewards and benefits that go along with the increased credibility they earn in the eyes of their peers and supervisors.
Our teamwork games and exercises will help you to more effectively teach and coach your team members and assist in achieving their goals.
Purpose of this activity: To teach team members the importance of keeping a professional distance between personal and workplace issues. Use teamwork games provide life lessons to elevate professionalism in the work environment.
Explanation: Everyone has experienced days where they have a difficult time of not allowing ones personal issues work their way into their professional environment.
As the leader, it is your job to understand first and foremost that this is a common issue that you will definitely need to address.
The key here is to address the issue before it actually happens by setting clear expectations of conduct and professionalism for your workplace.
One creative manager went so far as to purchase a large golden coat hook. He proudly stood by the shiny new coat hook as his team walked into the office one Monday morning.
Later, during his morning staff meeting, as if on cue, one of his employees asked what the golden coat hook was for.
The manager explained that he placed it there as a reminder to himself and a symbol to the team. He said, “You see, when I come into the office each morning, I’m going to mentally place all my personal issues onto this coat hook. I’m going to leave them right there securely on the coat hook knowing full well that every night before I go home, I will be able to walk over and pick up right where I left off with those issues. My goal is to ensure I never allow my personal issues to get in the way of my professional roles and responsibilities.”
He then went on to say, “and folks, let me be clear, this is my expectation for each one of you as well. As a team, we must commit to this end because we owe it to one another to be at our best and we are each empowered to hold one another accountable for this expectation. So rest assured, when you come in each morning, leave your personal issues on the hook where they will be safe and secure. You have my word that they’ll remain right there for you to pick up each night before you leave.”
With a smile and a nod, each team member understood the analogy and realized that his request was a perfectly legitimate expectation for the workplace.
Frank Tyger once said, “Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it.”
Isn't it time to incorporate teamwork games and activities like this in your weekly meetings?
Purpose of this activity: To raise the awareness and the commitment of your team members by pointing out the rewards for raising one’s personal expectations of self.
Explanation: Demanding more of your self is a key trait of successful leaders. Michael Jordan credits his success to the fact that he has always demanded more of himself than any coach or teammate would ever dare expect.
Leaders who excel in business, sports or any vocation, upon hearing the goals and objectives of their immediate supervisors, will instinctively start making a plan to produce and deliver more to ensure excellence in every key measurement.
"In one moment, in an instant with one clear decision, we each have the power to change our path and begin the process of creating an entirely new and exciting future."
Sounds like a lot of work, right? Absolutely, however these leaders are passionate about wanting to learn and grow in their career so the extra effort is something they actually enjoy. It’s the challenge of making something better that drives them to excel.
The rewards for these overachievers can be outstanding. They are typically the first ones to be recognized and promoted to the next level of management.
Their energy, ambition and quality of performance quickly establishes their credibility and no one seems surprised when they are first to move upward in the organization.
Upon discussing the rewards of increased responsibility, commitment and accountability – direct each team member to make a list from the following questions: (Be honest, no one else will see your answers.)
The above list of questions is provided to point out to team members that they are the only ones that can truly control their destiny.
Personal ownership, accountability and consistent professionalism are all leadership traits that propel highly ambitious and determined individuals to success.
Use these teamwork games at your next staff meeting for improved professionalism.
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"A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his job when he does feel like it."- James Agate