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Building an 

Action Plan


Focusing a Team

  1. Team Assessment: Use this assessment to take a critical looks at your team. 

  2. Visioning: Use this activity to articulate your team’s ideal future

  3. Goal Setting: Use this activity to focus your team goals and set a basis for directed action

  4. Building an Action Plan: Use this activity to identify specific actions to begin achieving your goals

  5. Clarifying Roles: This activity will help your team clarify the role of each individual team member.

  6. Understanding Change: A look at managing successful change.

  7. Collaboration Strategies:  Know how to collaborate effectively

  8. Conflict Awareness:  Manage team conflict before it escalates

  9. Team Norms: Setting ground rules for team participation and behavior

  10. Team Expectations: A team leader's expectations of his/her team members

  11. Team Building Games:  Sample five easy-to-implement team building games

  12. Managing the Net Generation: Understand the work expectations of a new wave of professionals

  13. Fostering Innovation: Ten key rules for fostering innovation in the workplace

  14. Workplace Productivity: Thirty strategies to boost your personal on-the-job productivity

  15. Work Culture: Twelve indicators of a healthy work culture

  16. Difficult Feedback: Tips to consider when confronting a team member

  17. Receiving Feedback: Guidelines to accept constructive feedback

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Building an Action Plan

This six-step activity is designed to get your group moving in a clear and productive direction.  Focused team action like team solving problems, researching, brainstorming, creating, building, and promoting stimulates a willingness to trust, communicate openly, and collaborate.  In short, it is the stuff upon which teams are built.


Step One: Discussion-- “What is the difference between a group and a team?”

Step Two: Reflection Exercise—Envision your group as the perfect team.  How would you function? What would make it work? How would members interact?  What would define you as a team?

Take a moment to discuss with a partner your vision of your perfect team.

Step Three: Team Focus Areas—Think about what your team should be doing; your reasons for existence.  List them and select three to seven of them to serve as your team’s core focus areas.  These focus areas may include items like To solve problems or To develop and promote a consistent leadership message or To develop and support high performance work teams and leaders.

Chart your focus areas on a chart like the sample below .

Step Four: Action Questions—Next to each of the focus areas write one to five action-based questions.  These are specific questions that clarify what specifically needs to be solved, researched, brainstormed, defined, created, or promoted by your team. These questions should encourage your team to think like a learning group.


Focus Area

Action Questions

Action Items

Develop and promote a consistent message

How do we address employee negativity and defeatism?


 Develop high performance work teams

How do we revitalize the team structure?  


Solve problems

How do we improve employee morale?


Step Five: Moving to Team Action—For each action question identify one or two specific actions that the team can work on together.


Focus Area

Action Questions

Action Items

 Define and develop consistent leadership

How do we share leadership expertise, skills, tools, and strategies?

Compile a best practices Leadership Guidebook.

Step Six: Prioritizing—As a group prioritize the action items.  Number one should be the action that you feel is the most productive use of your team’s energy, expertise, and time.  Then decide which actions will get your team’s attention and begin your work as a team.