Team Building Exercises
- Choosing the Right One
If we ask "would you like to bring the whole team closer together?" and the answer is affirmative then an activity that is naturally competitive such as a treasure hunt strikes us as a bad idea. Similarly, taking people to naturally individual activities such as quad-biking or clay pigeon shooting isn't the best way to illustrate how to make the team more effective.
So what are the key elements in selecting the right activity? My experience suggests the following four components:
1) It should be relevant to the group. For example, if the team is office based, they will struggle to see the relevance of climbing mountains back in the workplace - as much as they might enjoy it.
2) It should require the same kind of skill sets and team approaches that are necessary for the group's real work. For example, if you want a team to develop their decision-making skills to improve their effectiveness at work, it needs to have strong elements of decision-making within it.
3) It should be fully inclusive. That is, all team members need to be enthused by the activity. Activities are sometime chosen by a clique within the team to their own preferences and this can actually split a team rather than build it if their idea of heaven is one or more colleagues' vision of hell.
4) It should have a proven track record in delivering the kind of outcomes that you are looking to achieve. Or you need to trust the deliverer implicitly if it is a new activity.
Now that sounds like the makings of a plan.
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