Team Dipstick Process

Team Dipstick Process

Team Dipstick Process

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? 45 Minutes to an hour

WHY DO THIS? See where team members stand by asking 13 questions about how they run their team and how well they are serving the members.  Members answer anonymously.   Provide an opportunity to discuss surprises and issues.

WHAT SUPPORT IS NEEDED? A facilitator or team hero.  A team member can lead the process if a facilitator is not available.  

WHAT IS THE TEAM’S ROLE? Be willing to take direction from a facilitator and answer honestly.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Supplies

-         For each man, a quarter, a dime, a nickel, and a penny to use as voting tokens.

-         A box or opaque container with a quarter-sized slot cut in the top

-         A few flashlights if this is an outdoor, nighttime meeting.

-         List of questions (See Below)

Method

Facilitator gives each man a quarter, a dime, a nickel, and a penny. Explain that these are voting tokens that they will use to answer questions.

Facilitator asks a question, and passes the box. Each man adds a coin, to answer the question:

-         Penny=1=strongly disagree with statement

-         Nickel=2=moderately disagree

-         Dime=3=moderately agree

-         Quarter=4=strongly agree with the statement

Facilitator opens the box and displays the results. He records them on paper and passes the box around so the men can retrieve their coins for the next round.

(Men can get a clue of how others voted by seeing what is left as the box cones

back around. If this is a concern, you need to have more coins so that the coins don’t have to be retrieved with each round.)

Facilitator leads discussion. Can discuss after each round but probably better to hold discussion for the end.

No

Yes

1.     Is there someone on the team who doesn't fit or who might be better served on another team (Y/N).

2.     Is it you? (Y/N)

1

 Strongly

Disagree

2

Moderately

Disagree

3

Moderately

Agree

4

Strongly

 Agree

3.     I can depend on the men on my team.

4.     The team challenges me to grow.

5.     We have the right amount of fun.

6.     I get quality support from my team.

7.     This team operates with edge.

8.     The team is honest and intimate, truthful.

9.     I go home happy I attended.

10.   This team makes me a better man.

11.   I speak my truth with the men on the team.

12.   There are no topics that are off limits for any man/men.

13.   The team participates in NoM at the right level.

Interpretation and Comments

When looking at this, keep in mind that it is just data. Be careful when interpreting it as “good or bad.”

For instance, in one trial, a couple of men pointed out that they rated the team low on “edge” and they like it; they don’t come here for edge. That’s ok.

In another example, during the discussion about being challenged, some men were happy with the present state. But the team was surprised to learn that a couple of men very much want to be challenged and are not; that was a worthwhile discovery.

The discussion is more important than the tally.

There are a few questions that do have a good/bad interpretation. For instance, the low score on “We have the right amount of fun” is an opportunity for improvement.

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John Butler

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