At Summit Team Building we are constantly growing and developing to meet your team building and training workshop needs. Since 1997 we have been honing our craft and we are now one of the largest team building companies in the country. We have established a great reputation and are sought out by companies from coast to coast.
We have partnered with many leading meeting and conference venues to offer our team building and training programs to their guests. These high-quality venues know they can trust Summit Team Building to enhance their guest’s experience.
Our high-quality programs, professional delivery and stellar reputation have led us to our new and exciting partnership with The Kingbridge Conference Centre.
If you do not know the Kingbridge Conference Centre you should check them out www.kingbridgecentre.com. This beautiful and purpose-built meeting and conference facility are located at HWY400 and King Road just north of Canada’s Wonderland. For small groups and large, this facility has efficient meeting rooms, comfortable accommodation, fantastic dining, and acres of beautiful outdoor grounds with fields, trails and rivers providing great space for exercise and contemplation alike.
One of the unique features of the Kingbridge Centre is their ropes course. Ropes courses are one of my favourite team building tools. Nothing compares to the bonding experience of the ropes course and the personal and team learning opportunities are endless.
At Summit Team Building we have been running ropes course team building programs for 20 years and when Kingbridge needed someone to run their course they naturally turned to Summit. We have now developed an exciting new team development program at Kingbridge that is built on the metaphor of climbing a mountain. We start in the meeting room to lay a solid foundation for learning. The team then embarks on a journey to base camp through the winding trails on the property. Once at the ropes course, we move through the mountain camps on the various low rope team challenges and then climb to the summit on the high ropes course. It is a truly inspiring program and having a debrief beside a gently flowing river makes everything stand out that much more.
Many people think that the ropes course is too physical for their team, and while it is not for all groups, there are roles in a Summit ropes course program for all participants regardless of their ability or desire to climb.
Kingbridge also provides an amazing environment for our other team building programs including our Play it Forward philanthropic scavenger hunt program, our Search and Rescue team building adventure and our Put Your Chef Hat On culinary team building program.
Kingbridge is also a great location to facilitate our team development training workshops. Kingbridge was built for corporate meetings, retreats, and conferences. It is purpose built for this reason. The meeting rooms provide everything we need to deliver a top-notch training workshop and the indoor and outdoor environment provides countless breakout and reflection locations.
If you are looking for a great venue for a one-day or a multi-day meeting or conference check out The Kingbridge Conference Centre and how Summit Team Building can elevate your experience to new heights.
Meetings are a huge part of today’s work environment. Organizations are complex with many employees, specialized departments and project teams. It is impossible to keep it all on track without meetings. However, many meetings are less effective than they could be if you took a team building training approach.
Many of us plan, attend and facilitate meetings with little thought or planning. As Nike says you Just Do It. Chances are you are missing out on a lot of potential value at each meeting through lack of engagement and participation.
There are many ways to look at this challenge and in this blog, for the purposes of team building training, I will examine the meeting challenge through a personality lens. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of many psychometric tools available today and MBTI happens to be the world’s most popular. One of the dichotomies that is examined through the MBTI is the pairing of Introversion and Extraversion. Using an understanding of these two preferences can help you plan and lead a more effective meeting.
In a meeting you will usually hear from the extraverts even if you do not want to and you may never hear from the introverts. The key is to balance the energy of these two styles.
Extraverts tend to think as they talk whereas introverts process internally before sharing. Extraverts are usually comfortable and confident speaking in front of a group and introverts may be less inclined and less comfortable doing so.
A few strategies to bring out the best in both types…
When having a discussion in your meeting break into small groups and ask people to discuss the topic in this group first. This smaller group provides a more comfortable environment for the introverts and gives them space to think. Have one person take notes and elect a spokesperson for each group (frequently an extrovert). This way the introverts are able to contribute in a safer environment and you are able to gather valuable input from all team members.
You may also want to pose a question for the group and ask them to write out their response first. You can have them share their ideas with another person. This satisfies the extraverts need to talk and the introverts need for time to process their thoughts before speaking to the large group.
When a lively discussion is happening among the group you will want to build in pause points that allow the introverts to join the conversation. Or you may need to put a structured reply process in place that allows everyone a turn to speak. Without this the extraverts will often dominate the conversation and you will not hear from the introverts. I have been told that introverts need a three second pause in the conversation in order for them to feel comfortable jumping in. For many extroverts this three seconds of silence is space to be filled. By building in structured gaps in the conversation you allow the introverts the comfort they need to join the conversation.
There are many things you can do to get more from your meetings and enhance engagement and participation and this is just one. The key is to take a team building training approach and plan the structure of your meeting to get the most from it.
At Summit Team Building we offer team building and team development program designed to enhance communication and overall group interactions and dynamics.