Progressive Intelligence Consulting Group
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime." -- Babe Ruth
Team Building Ideas & Team Building Techniques
There are many sources of team building ideas and team building techniques. The reason for the team building exercise and the objectives of the exercise should guide the selection of the team building activities and the setting of the team building event. You should plan for several elements to ensure the results you seek:
As a team building technique, using a “workshop” for specific business issues may provide better results. Workshops can be most effective in identifying, managing and incorporating the effects of change. Also, the use of workshops can assist in achieving business initiatives, particularly the creation of plans, process and actions to achieve specific organizational objectives.
From our experience with many different types of team building events, Progressive Intelligence is providing a general outline to setup a team building event or workshop. Since there are many different team building events and workshop formats, we provided a general format below.
Corporate Team Building Events & Activities
Corporate team building events and activities, as presented in various settings and often as part of seminars, lunch meetings, or company meetings, “promote” team building and employee motivation. Team building exercises and team building activities are useful in project meetings, to help team members see things differently, use different thinking styles, and promote “outside-the-box” problem solving. Before using any type of corporate team building events or activities, consider whether the event or activity is appropriate for the team members and the current situation of the organization.
Remember, your objectives for all corporate team building events or activities are that the participants enjoy doing the activity; they have an opportunity to learn from their participation; they go away with something they can apply; and that the activity or event will lead to higher performance and improved results.
Always view corporate team building events and exercises as a part of a very broad mix of learning and development experiences. If a leader attempts to solve a behavioral problem with a team building exercise, it can cause the team members to resist participation and become defensive – as we all do when criticized or our weaknesses are on display.
Some employees may have a jaded view of “team building” – after all, some exercises can come off as patronizing, condescending, and trite. Often, day long events and those away from the office are perceived as time wasters. There is often real resistance to corporate team building events. To counter this resistance, involve team members in the design of the event – from selecting activities to choosing the appropriate setting.
Perhaps one or more team members have particular skills that they can contribute to one or more planned activities – perhaps someone was a teacher or facilitator in a past job. Build in one or more exercises that provide real world experiences, perhaps addressing a specific problem or issue currently faced by the team members. Deliver Value.