WHAT IS YOUR TEAM BUILDING MISSING?
When people manage challenges from the inside of the organisation, the organisation itself becomes less able to face the challenges from the outside. People are the core of any company, without them you have no company. A team that works cooperatively and overcomes challenges as a unit is worth investing in. That investment is commonly achieved through team building activities and events. Here is the problem: how often do you attend a team building event to discover weeks after, old habits resume.
A low to no result team building event evidently causes an apathetic sentiment and ultimately distrust towards what should be a valuable experience. Your colleagues sitting around a table in a hired out conference room, an exercise is given on a piece of paper: stranded, you must work as a team to survive with only the limited items available, sound familiar? Perhaps you tried an escape room experience or went paint balling, maybe you and your team tried problem-solving activities at a far away outdoor centre on a corporate retreat.
Where team-building exercises fall short:
“What worked yesterday is not going to work tomorrow. However, we can prepare for it.”
Solving the equation of achieving an efficient team is not answered by a one hit wonder team-building event. So what?
Let’s start with what we know: paper based scenarios are effective, but ultimately are make-believe including the results. Classic problem-solving exercises are out-dated. Dynamic activities are memorable; nonetheless, if an engaging activity is done routinely the results are beneficially exponential. Every month your team committing to an activity perceived as important, as their daily work could build a healthy culture and unify your team overtime. Being part of team and doing something that all members enjoy and belong to, other than the shared and common reality of their work, will irrevocably build respect, trust and loyalty in one another. These values act like lubrication opening up communication; reducing friction and creating conditions conducive to performance.
Team building, rather than a single event, is a lengthy progress, and like anything else requires persistence and commitment. It is important to collect meaningful feedback on what is working and what is not within your team. Any challenge can be overcome by an efficient team, compared to a group of effective employees.
“Team work: coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”
– Henry Ford.
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