My MBA program places a huge emphasis on team projects, and I’d like to share one recent team experience that took place in my local Powell’s bookstore. We met up and essentially created a bonding exercise on the spot.
Here’s how it works: Each team member picks a different aisle at random and has 10 minutes to find 2 books whose title reveals something about yourself. Then, if there’s still time, find a copy of your favorite book (from any aisle) to share as well. When time’s up, all come back together and sit down to discuss your selections. It’s a literary get-to-know-you exercise applied in a team setting to establish a dynamic of trust!
My team took photos of our chosen book covers and talked about them over coffee (or in my case, a cookie). Earlier, when it came to picking an aisle, my eyes fell upon Young Adult / Star Wars & Pop Culture.
Other team members picked aisles like Self-Help and Western Religions.
Here are the titles I found: