Using Personal Stories to Enhance the Team Member Experience in Traditional and Online Teaching Modalities
Management Teaching Review
Working effectively in diverse teams is an important competency for students entering the workforce. Yet as instructors we often witness dysfunctional teams in our courses. Therefore, the goal of this experiential exercise is to encourage students to build high-quality relationships with team members by fostering the development of a psychologically safe team climate early in the semester. Students share their personal stories and react to each other’s story. In doing so, they learn to understand, value, and respect team members’ life experiences. Guiding questions for the personal story exercise and the reaction, which can be used in traditional face-to-face, online, synchronous, or asynchronous classes, are provided. This experiential exercise answers the call for ways to create and build community both in in-person and on-line courses.
collaboration, personal story, psychological safety, team experience
Monica C. Gavino and Ekundayo Akinlade. "Using Personal Stories to Enhance the Team Member Experience in Traditional and Online Teaching Modalities" Management Teaching Review (2022): 342-350. https://doi.org/10.1177/23792981211032333