I’ve written in the past that I have specific requirements/expectations.  I thought I would give you one that I do find can be topic neutral and doesn’t seem to have as much of a triggering impact to a wide variety of people.

I got this idea form Team First Development using improv games in team environments.

This one is very simple.  Each person makes up a superhero name and describes their special power.  Now you could do lots of variations:

  • Have each person also draw their superhero
  • Have each person share their special power specific to a work topic (manager, team member, etc)
  • Have each person create a name tent card/badge to keep at their desk
  • Have each person also highlight a special power they wish they had (in addition to the one they have)
  • Have each person find a partner/duo where the super powers are aligned/support one another

Honestly, I could list tons more variations.  Why I really like this one:  Most people have insecurities and tend to focus on what they don’t do well vs what special powers they do have.  This exercise has the benefit of connecting people (learning more about each other) as well as reminding oneself of the talents you have.

On the downside, this is not a repeat activity for the team – unless you throw some variations on to the last round.

What is your special power?

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.