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Leading a hybrid team isn’t easy.

From constant on-screen distractions to inefficient online meetings, we’re creating more silos, not less. Overwhelmingly, research shows that team leaders and managers lack the skills and confidence to fully support and engage hybrid and remote team members.

Discover the 6 TeamPlays pack and start solving team challenges today.

Developed by our partners and experts, Designing Collaboration, 6 TeamPlays captures their Digital Team Builder methodology and a wealth of experience into action-oriented Strategy and Everyday Practice cards.

Curated for Microsoft 365 to address the 6 most common hybrid working challenges in the bud:

  1. Time To Focus: Do you have trouble dealing with constant interruptions and the ‘always on’ syndrome?
  2. Time For Fewer Meetings: Does your team want more efficient and effective meetings?
  3. Time To Break Out: How can you bust silos and increase connections in a hybrid or digital workplace?
  4. Time To Learn New Digital Skills: Do you want better skills to lead in the digital and hybrid workplace?
  5. Time To Go To The Next Level: Do you want to have a team that is empowered to solve problems and come up with new ideas?
  6. Time To Love Your Work: Do you want to build a hybrid working model with flexibility around where AND when you work?
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Why use 6 TeamPlays?

According to our worldwide clients, including a key UK government department:

  • Strategic, practical actions that target six of today’s most common digital teamworking problems.
  • No set-up and minimal preparation. Can be run in a discussion thread.
  • Strategies, skills and teamworking practices you can apply immediately.
  • Effective, low-cost solution to complex problems.
Ready to start solving challenges?

Watch a TeamPlay in action

Give it a try!

Download the free TeamPlay 6: Time To Love Your Work to explore ways to build a hybrid working model that gives flexibility around where AND when you work.

(2.02 mins)

How to run a TeamPlay

Prep Time

10 mins

Run Time

45 mins

Participants

6 - 8

In a room. Allocate 45 minutes. With everyone in the room, deal out the cards.

Remote. Send each participant a deck of cards and proceed via an online meeting.

Create a Discussion Thread in Microsoft Teams or Yammer. Ask participants to drag digital versions of the cards into the thread along with their comments.

4 simple steps

Choose

The team leader or delegated activity leader chooses the TeamPlay that will have the greatest positive impact on the team's productivity and business effectiveness.

Review

Make sure participants have all the related cards for that TeamPlay in front of them and individually review before the session.

Select

As a team, group, or in your role as leader, select the specific cards you want to start with.

Prioritise

Prioritise the selected cards. Or simply put them into action straight away as a new work practice.

Who participates in a TeamPlay?

Research into Microsoft’s WFH policy during lockdown indicates that WFH business groups became more siloed. As a result, collaboration occurred within teams, not across teams; strong bonds got stronger, weak bonds diminished, and new bonds didn’t form. [Whitepaper: There’s More To Work Than Working.]

Use TeamPlays to build effective collaboration across teams, not just within your own team. 

Tips for successful TeamPlays

First and foremost - don't overcomplicate it!

Pick a TeamPlay. Select the cards that best address it. Prioritise them and put them into practice.

Tips from our experts:

  • We recommend 1 pack per team member, whether working in-person or online. In our experience, the tactile experience of physical cards significantly boosts engagement.
  • Repeat the process regularly, using different TeamPlays. Or re-run a previous TeamPlay, discarding the cards previously chosen.
  • Use the Team Board to help focus and determine priorities and actions. Download the PDF for printing (in-person) or the image files (online).
  • The Strategy cards cross-reference the Designing Collaboration handbook for additional information. Include the references in the team discussion. [Learn how this works.]
  • Create your own TeamPlay. Identify what’s holding you back, then choose cards from the pack to help start the conversation and build actions.
Take a photo!

Ask everyone to hold up their favourite card and take a photo or screenshot to capture your experience and prompt actions.

Already purchased? Download your TeamPlay resources

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Team Boards
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What’s in the 6 TeamPlays pack?

Each pack includes one (1) physical deck of 6 TeamPlays cards. With downloadable resources, including:

  • The Card List to help you kickstart 6 different TeamPlays.
  • Team Boards.
  • The Designing Collaboration handbook (pdf). (Hard copies sold separately.)

It’s everything you need to run a hands-on TeamPlay session, face-to-face or remote. 

1 Deck: $37; 2 to 11 Decks: $29 each; 12 or more decks: $25 each.
Prices include GST and free standard shipping within Australia. 

Give it a try!

Download the complimentary TeamPlay 6: Time To Love Your Work and explore strategies to build a hybrid working model that gives flexibility around where AND when you work.

6 TeamPlays and Digital Team Builder were developed in a collaboration between Designing Collaboration and Hargraves Institute.

Contact us

For more information on our do-it-yourself tools, techniques and facilitated workshops for hybrid teams.

Andrew Pope
Andrew Pope
UK, Europe, North America, Middle East
andrew@designingcollab.com
+61 493 405 525
Team - Allan Ryan
Allan Ryan
Australia, Asia, Latin America
allanr@hargraves.com.au
+61 418 614 243
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