Team Building - Collaborative
The opposite of a competitive event is a collaborative one. The whole group is given a common goal to work on together rather than multiple, identical ones to work on in isolation. They may still be organised into teams or not, but the key characteristic is that everyone is collaborating with everyone else to achieve something as a whole group.
Options designed to be collaborative not only exist - they are among the most enjoyable conference or away day events for the participants themselves. They can deliver a superb mix of camaraderie, corporate message, learning and fun.
Isn't that combination a great outcome from a team building event? Indeed, isn't that an outcome that you want from your teams at work - day in, day out? Sure, you want your individual teams to aim to be the best - but not at the expense of the corporate goal or goals. You want the natural motivation that the best teams feel to be productive for the organisation - not detrimental to other teams and, thereby, detrimental to the organisation.
So what does a collaborative team building activity look like? I have written a number of other articles that describe the characteristics that you can expect to find in good options generally. Rather than duplicate them here, I shall concentrate on those elements that can focus on the collaborative aspect specifically. They are:
* There is a single, common goal that all individuals and / or teams have to work towards.
* There is a genuine possibility - indeed probability - of the group achieving it.
* Not all individuals and teams are doing the same thing - multiple, different functions is a feature of the workplace and needs to be a feature of a team activity if the learning is to be relevant.
* As at work, the participants need to exert some form of overall co-ordination to maintain the focus on the common goal.
So at your next team building event, don't send your people away bragging about how they managed to outdo their colleagues - send them away thinking at least in part how well they worked with them. Then maybe back at work something might just rub off.
Copyright 2006 Sandstone Limited
About The Author
Events :: Escape and Evasion :: Spy
Games HQ :: Hostage Rescue :: Evasive
Driving :: Diamond
Heist :: Conference and
Hotel Venues :: Gifts :: International
Corporate Team Building Events :: Stag
and Hen events :: Spy Camp for Kids
Website Search Engine Optimisation by Chevinside :: Banner Advert by Bit2Flash