9 Dimensions Team Building Activity

Get-to-know, Icebreaker, Opening

Intragroup openness, Team – building

Introspection, Self-reflection

Up to 30 min, Up to 60 min

6-15 persons, 16 – 30 persons, More than 30 persons

Beginner

Safe

Introduction

9 Dimensions is a powerful activity designed to build relationships and trust among team members. There are 2 variations of this icebreaker. The first version is for teams who want to get to know each other better. The second version is for teams who want to explore how they are working together as a team.

The beauty of this activity is people can choose how much they want to disclose. Regardless of how open each participant is, the team will learn more about each other and/or how the team is doing. Also, this is totally flexible because you can change the 9 dimensions to work for your specific group.

Team members individually rate 9 dimensions of their lives using colored stickers, then report out 2 of them.

Necessary tools (what you need)

  • A copy of the 9 Dimensions worksheet for each participant if you prepare it for them
  • If you want participants to prepare this worksheet themselves inform them prior to the session to do so (check the Tips & tricks below)
 

My 9 dimensions

Think of each dimension of your life. Place a dot of the relevant colour in each box that represents where you stand with you are right now ADVENTURE HEALTH CAREER/JOB
MY ENVIRONMENT COMMUNITY FAMILY & FRIENDS
PERSONAL GROWTH SPIRITUALITY CREATIVE OUTLETS

Steps

Possibility #1 – My personal 9 Dimensions

Purpose: To build relationships by evaluating and sharing about significant life areas.

 

  1. Give each participant a copy of the My personal 9 Dimensions worksheet and a sheet of dot stickers (with red, green, yellow and blue dots). The 9 dimensions for this variation can be: Adventure, Career / Profession, Community Service, Creative Outlets, My Environment, Family & Friends, Health & Fitness, Personal Growth, Spirituality.
  2. Instruct participants to evaluate their current status for each dimension in the grid. Participants should place a colored dot (using the key below) on each of the 9 dimensions. Only give them two minutes with no time to overthink it. Tell them, “Just go with your feeling.”
    • Green Dot = I’m crushing it!
    • Yellow Dot = I need to work on this a little.
    • Red Dot = Yikes, I need to work on this a lot!
    • Blue Dot = This is not a priority right now.
  3. Ask participants to share about one dimension they put a green dot, and one that they put a yellow or a red dot. Give each person 2 minutes to share (allow them to disclose at their own comfort level).
  4. Optional debrief questions below (5 minute debrief may be sufficient).
    • What did you learn about each other (or our team)?
    • How can we support each other to improve our red and yellow areas?

 

Variation #2 – My Team’s 9 Dimensions

Purpose: To build relationships by evaluating and sharing perspectives of how the team is doing in significant areas.

 

  1. Give each participant a copy of the My Team’s 9 Dimensions worksheet and a sheet of dot stickers (with red, green, yellow and blue dots). The 9 dimensions for this variation are: Communication, Attitude, Trust, Role Clarity, Alignment about Processes, Accountability, Supportive Relationships, Meeting Deadlines, Quality of Work.
  2. Instruct participants to evaluate their perception of the team’s current status for each dimension in the grid. Participants should place a colored dot (using the key below) on each of the 9 dimensions. Only give them two minutes with no time to overthink it. Tell them, “Just go with your feeling.”
    • Green Dot = We are crushing it!
    • Yellow Dot = We need to work on this a little.
    • Red Dot = Yikes, we need to work on this a lot!
    • Blue Dot = This is not a priority right now.
  3. Ask participants to share about one dimension they put a green dot, and one that they put a yellow or a red dot. Give each person 2 minutes to share (allow them to disclose at their own comfort level).
  4. Optional debrief questions below (10-30 minute debrief).
    • Where are we all in agreement about our team?
    • In which dimensions do we have the most variation in our perspectives?
    • Which yellow and/or red area(s) do we want to improve the most?
    • What can we do to improve our yellow and/or red areas?

Tips & Tricks

  • We recommend creating your table of 9 dimensions in Google Suite or Excel and sharing with your recipients. They can fill in their table on their own computer in private.
  • Alternatively, have everyone create their 3 x 3 table in the tool of their choice in the meeting. They can even hand draw their table if they like! Remember that recipients share their entries verbally and do not share the tables themselves – so the form of the table is not too important.
  • Brief your participants and invite each person to color each section of their table with the relevant color. They can highlight, insert a dot or just change the color of the text!
  • When facilitating group discussion, we recommend that participants use non-verbal means to indicate they like to speak. You can use tools like Zoom’s nonverbal feedback tools, a reaction emoji, or just have people put their hands up. The facilitator can then invite that person to talk.

The exercise is successfully completed when? Conclusion?

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