Book & Inventory by Geoffrey Bellman, Kevin Coray & Kathleen Ryan

Extraordinary GroupsExtraordinary Groups

How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results

Book & Inventory


Try some of our favorite exercises. They can help your team better understand and apply the core concepts in Extraordinary Groups thinking.


Team Building Opening Exercise
Here is a very useful opening exercise I recently used with a client leadership team. The team leads a staff function within a major division of a global corporation. People work in two locations, two time zones a part. They meet regularly and virtually, but are seldom together in one room. Because of the demanding nature of their jobs, members seldom have time for collective reflection on how they are doing together as a leadership team. As a whole, they represent a relatively new team: the newest members having joined three months ago while others have been in their roles for a number of years. My client leads this group; he has been in his role for almost one year. Some of these characteristics might be familiar to you. Two pages. [PDF]


Creating a Compelling Purpose in a Group that Meets Regularly
In groups that meet regularly, overtime Purpose can feel mundane. People assume that ‘we meet because the meeting is on my calendar.’ Here's an idea often helpful when the energy in a group is flagging or attendance is falling off. It's a group action you can initiate from any position: group member, leader, or facilitator. Two pages. [PDF]


A Team Building Exercise Strengths Survey
You are asked to rate your group in terms of the eight indicators of an extraordinary group:  Which of these items are strengths?  Which would you be wise to attend to as you move ahead?  Specific directions are offered to those who want to lead or facilitate this team building exercise. Two pages. [PDF]


Seeing Group Needs at Work for Leaders
Help your team learn more about the six group needs while looking at how the leader could help those meet needs be met more often. Three pages. [PDF]


Transformative Feelings Worksheet
You are asked to reflect on an extraordinary group experience you have had and then explore the feelings you associate with that experience:  the transformative feelings of being energized, connected, hopeful, and changed!  You are then asked to connect those feelings to how your Group Needs were met in your extraordinary group experience.  One page. [PDF]


Connecting Your Own Experience
For each of the sixteen core concepts found in Extraordinary Groups, we offer a definition and bullet points that help you to better understand the essence of the concept.  You are then asked to record examples of how you might have seen each of these concepts surface in a group experience.  Four pages. [PDF]