Does your company have a team building plan?

Few organizations would consider starting a new fiscal year without a pretty concrete plan for sales, marketing, hiring, capital investment and the like. Yet the development of a critical asset – the organization’s teams – is often addressed in an ad hoc fashion or ignored altogether. Patrick Lencioni, the author of “Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, describes teamwork as, “… the one sustainable competitive advantage that remains largely untapped.” He also acknowledges that, although the advantages are enormous, most leaders and team members are not prepared to invest the time and effort – what Lencioni calls the “heavy lifting” – in order to become a true team. This is exactly where a plan can get you started and keep you on track. Here a few tips for your team building plan: Establish your vision of your successful team and organization; as Stephen Covey wrote, “Begin with the end in mind”. Ideally, plan a full day off-site to establish a shared vision of what this team looks like and feels like – the culture – when it is performing well at work. This “launch” of your team initiative should create an ‘ah-ha’ moment; engaging and fun enough to create a buzz, yet challenging enough that people experience the wonderful feeling of collaborative team success. This positive experience and vision will pull people forward when the going gets tough. Reflect on your current team culture and performance. Where are you now as a team and as individuals? There are many tools to help in this task, such as EQi 2.0, Myers Briggs Type Inventory, Organizational Culture Development and Strength...

How to Avoid 6 Most Common Team Building Mistakes

Putting together a successful team building program is not rocket science, but if it is not done right it might just explode upon lift off. Here are some helpful tips we share with our clients to help them make the most of their team building events and avoid unnecessary mistakes. Know Your Audience This can concern the level of physical activity or the theme and type of activities you select. Not everyone is in the shape they once were and if your activities and team challenges are too difficult physically or require participants to walk great distances you may be setting people up for failure. Also consider if the activities are appropriate for an adult audience. Many people have a low tolerance for games that are too ‘silly’ or ‘juvenile’. Remember, Price is One Factor, Not The ONLY Factor In most cases you get what you pay for and this relates to the team building company you select, the venue and the catering. If you don’t have an appropriate budget to put together a quality team building event you may be better off to bank the money and try again when you have a larger budget. A poorly done event can do more harm than good. There are many simple team building events that you can do with a small budget such as bowling or a pizza party. Just don’t confuse these with the value a professional team building program can offer. Set Clear Goals and Objectives As Stephen Covey said “begin with the end in mind”. If you know why you want to run a team building event and...

How to Have a Successful Team Building Event

When you are planning your next team building event, make sure it is an event that your staff really enjoy. One that brings them together and provides lasting memories and value to your organization. To help ensure this is the case, follow these simple steps in the planning process. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure your team building event is as successful as possible: 1. Start with the objectives – What would you like, and what do you need? Is it a motivation session or a reward for great performance? A needs assessment can help you determine what will be best for your team and provide achievable objectives for the event. 2. Plan it for everyone – Take into account people’s abilities and interests and fears. A great event allows everyone to participate in a meaningful way. Having challenges that appeal to all learning styles and fitness levels are fun for everyone and will allow everyone’s strengths to shine within the team. 3. Go offsite – A change of scenery can add instant energy and fun to a team event as well as allowing the team to focus on the objectives rather than the usual distractions. Many conference facilities can provide a full range of services including partnering with a trusted team building provider. If the budget doesn’t allow for an additional venue there are also a number of cost effective options such as city parks or public spaces that may have suitable facilities. 4. Make it meaningful – There is a great benefit to combining your team building with a meaningful activity or...