You might ask “what are the best Team Building Activities?” The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. To find the best team building activities for your group you need to first have a clear understanding of what you are looking for.
Team Building be defined in many different ways and team building activities are even more diverse. Team building can be a social event designed to network and build relationships. Dinners and drinks may fit into this category. Sometimes events such as bowling and paint ball will be considered team building activities because you are interacting with your team and building bonds. Some people will even put training and development initiatives into the team building category.
At Summit we define team building activities as professionally designed and led programs created to enhance specific elements of team performance. These frequently happen during a meeting or conference. Sometimes this is a simple as team relationships, and sometimes it focuses on a specific skill of high performance teamwork such as communication, problem solving, leadership, brainstorming, or change. The key definer of a team building program is that it is on the shorter length (1-3 hours) and is highly interactive and experiential. The content and discussion is light and the activity dominates the session.
Summit Team Building programs offer a variety of options to choose from. Some programs are indoors and some are out. Some are more physical and some are more cerebral. Some are rooted in deep learning and others are pure fun. Some have a philanthropic component and some do not. The options are many and the benefits are great.
Feature team building activity: Play it Forward is a fun scavenger hunt based activity that has a great feel good give back component to it. Teams earn money based on their performance and this money is loaned a third world entrepreneur via Kiva. Not only are you building your team, but you are also helping to make the world a better place.
Having launched Play it Forward in 2009 we have now loaned over $104,000.00 to people in need and the amount continues to grow with every program we deliver.
Regardless of the team building activity you choose it must be appropriate for your group and meet your self-defined goals and objectives. We at Summit Team Building are professionals at doing this and will help you get the most out of your team building activity experience.