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Thoughtful Team Builder Questions to Use as Ice Breakers

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If you're looking for a way to build your team quickly and effectively as part of your regular meetings and training sessions, these team builder icebreaker questions are a good fit. Use these icebreakers to help you create a meeting or training environment that fosters communication and encourages collaboration. Here are guidelines about how to facilitate and use these icebreaker questions for meetings.

Questions to Ask During Icebreakers

Professional Outlook

  • What five characteristics must your work environment or culture have to make you feel engaged, alive, excited, and contributing as an employee?
  • What are the one or two things in a work environment or culture that would drive you to look for a new job and leave?
  • What talent do you have that is not utilized successfully in your workplace?
  • Do you have a best friend at work? Who is it, and what draws you to this person?
  • Would you make a good boss? What makes you answer the question the way you did?
  • What skills do you bring to your workplace that are currently underutilized?
  • What is one activity, that if you could do it every day at work, would most increase your appreciation of your current job?
  • Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it? If not, what can you do about that?
  • What words would you most like to hear from your boss that would help you feel motivated and successful in your job?
  • What would you like to do next in your current organization? What would you bring to the new position?
  • What are the most significant characteristics of the people who have been your best bosses during your career? What made them best bosses?
  • If you brought your child to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, what would you show them about what you do at work? What would you tell the child about your job?

Past Professional Experiences

  • What are three things that you would change about your work environment that would make you a more successful employee?
  • If you had your work life to live over, at what point would you have chosen a different path that would have led you to more success and happiness?
  • What are the most significant characteristics of the people who have been your worst bosses during your career? What made them the worst bosses?

Personal

  • What soothes your spirit when you are unhappy or in a bad mood?
  • Looking at your whole life, not just your work life, what are three areas or activities in which you wish you were spending more of your time?
  • What would you most like to be remembered for when you are reminiscing about your life in your old age?
  • What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the world?
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what change would you make?
  • If you could choose any one person, living or dead, who would you most want to emulate? Share why.
  • Are you a day person or a night person, and how does this affect how you work?

Past Personal Experiences

  • What was the worst day of your life and why?
  • What was the best day of your life and why?
  • Who had the most influence on the choices you eventually made for your life when you were growing up?