Brown Bagg’n It!
Here’s a great get-to-know-you team building exercise. Coming in as a new manager or after you’ve been with the company for a suitable amount of time where you can begin to get a little more personal…
Either ask your team in advance to prepare for the assignment, or you begin by doing this as a manager on your own…so that the team can get to know you. Bring in at least 5 personal items that describe your background, interests, representations of who you are, hobbies, passions, etc.
A fun variation of this is to ask people to do this on the fly with what they’ve brought with them to the meeting (i.e. purses, wallets, key chains, lanyards, laptops, etc.).