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The Basics of Team Building

Definition of a Team  

A team may simply be defined as a group of people who are working together towards a common goal. These people are entitled with different tasks that make a significant contribution towards the achievement of the said goal. Teamwork normally involves the team working interdependently. This means that one person’s task is responsible for the success of the next person’s tasks.  

Teams are normally formed for a variety of reasons. There are some that are set up for short term goals while others are set for something more long term.   

For instance, in an organization, you may find a team formed just to deal with a particular project. However, you may also find other teams in every single department that work together throughout to increase the productivity of their departments.  

Team Building Basics  

The whole idea behind team building is to forge good working relationships between the team members. This ensures that they learn how to work as a team. The team building exercises help the players to successfully learn  how to do this. These exercises can work for any teams, whether at work or even in sports.

Team building serves many more purposes than just helping the team to work together. These exercises also help the teammates to know each other better. This then builds the rapport between them and encourages them to be supportive of one another.  

Team building also helps in developing the skills of each team mate through motivation and support. The exercises also help the members to learn how to communicate with each other. This is a key aspect of any successful team.  

Through team building, the goals and objects of the organization becomes clearer. These are defined and each team member is encouraged to participate in helping achieve them. This also helps in sporting activities; a team gets to learn what they want to achieve and how to get there.  

Team building also has several benefits on individual level. For instance, many people get to grow and develop their skills by being part of a team. When the team entrusts you with a role, you will find yourself trying your best not to disappoint everyone else. This helps in nurturing their abilities and honing the skills.  

Team building has also helped individuals discover themselves. For instance, some people may not know that they can be leaders until they are assigned such roles. Other people find themselves when they got to know others better. For instance, knowing that your colleague is a single mom may make you more tolerant of her absenteeism. You may learn to evoke gentleness and sympathy in yourself.  

In most cases, organizations normally hire a team building consultant to help with the exercises. The consultant takes time to know the team and come up with the right strategies for their situation. This consultant is specifically trained for this. He can look at a team and come up with strategies to improve the performance.  

The consultant normally makes a proposal to the organization, clearly laying out his plan of action. He states the problems with the team and what is recommended for helping solve these problems.   

The organization then makes the decision to hire the consultant or not based on the proposal. Sometimes, the organization may only agree to some of the strategies but not all. The consultant is then faced with the team building task. After the program, he should give the necessary feedback to the organization illustrating just its effectiveness.  

The Types of Teams That Can Participate In Team Building Exercises  

Team building can basically work in any given team. It can work at work, school or even when it comes to sports. One of the most popular types of teams that use these strategies is the departmental teams. These are teams made up of people who do the same kind of work. For instance; you may have a team from the human resources department or even have a team from the I.T. department. This type of team is normally found in work environments.  

There are also management teams. These teams may comprise of managers from various departments. Even as leaders, these people need to learn how to work together for the overall success of the company. Team building also helps the managers to become better leaders to their teams. The skills acquired can be passed down to the team by the leader.  

There can also be team building for mixed or cross-functional groups. These are usually teams that are made up of people from different departments in an organization.   

These departments must have some common ground. For instance, you can have departments that deal with people such as customer care and human resources. Team building will build all the members of the team and enable them to cooperate and be more productive.  

Special projects teams can also use team building exercises. These are teams that may be set up for just short term goals. If they successfully complete the team building program, such teams will be more effective. In addition, the team may be able to complete the project in a shorter time than anticipated. This all comes from learning how to work well with each other.  

Self-directed teams that comprise of people from different fields also use team building exercises. They take the program to help themselves grow as leaders.   

They also use what they have learned to train their individual teams on how to foster the bond that will enable them to work together. Any team that has a common goal can use team building to help them work together much better.  

A good team is one that has learned how to work together to achieve a common goal. This is the essence of teamwork.

Copyright 2017 Information Provided by LeadersBridge

I’m Back….

I suspended blogging a little over a year ago. There were several reasons, but I’ve decided to come back and begin again.

Over the next several weeks I’ll be blogging concerning team building.

Important subject? Definitely –  it’s all about relationships. And that’s life, relationships.

We’ll be looking at it from a corporate perspective, but the principles will apply across borders. Are you married? You’re team building. Are you in a family? You’re team building. Do you work or go to school? You’re team building. Are you involved in a faith community? You’re team building. Do you have relationships? With Anybody? You’re team building.

So here’s the warning… I’m going to begin blogging again next week. I’ll be posting to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. And as soon as I learn Instagram I’ll be posting pictures from events I’ve done.

I asked for your help, in liking, following, friending, etc. and especially in sharing.

Thanks so much,

Craig

Copyright 2017 LeadersBridge

Listening Quietly

DSN9118-2-MI was talking to a friend about communication skills.

Part of the discussion centered on listening skills. We discussed how to improve listening skills and how to train others on making such improvements. During the conversation it was mentioned how important it is to listen so that clarifications can be made and a proper response given.

We talked about how this was especially true for leaders. An excellent point was made concerning leadership and listening skills.

An important communication skill for leaders is to be able to listen effectively so as to know when not to make any response.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

Responsible Vulnerability

DSN9118-2-M“I was wrong. That’s it, plain and simple. There’s no reason to look for further explanations, or try to find reasons. I make no excuses. I was wrong, others have suffered. I am deeply sorry. I apologize. I will accept my punishment without hesitation or argument. But as a team, let’s move on, correct what we can and overcome the rest; learn and grow and become better. My promise to you is I will.”

What a drastic and mind-blowing confrontation to witness.

I was in a particularly interesting vantage point. I heard the confession but knew more facts than the other observers. This person was not solely responsible, nor was the mistake his more than others. The confession made the situation sound much more grim than it was. In fact, it was not a major problem or mistake. But the potential for its growth into a major concern was there.

This leader saw the potential for deeper problems to arise; for speculation and gossip to take the small ember and fan it into a major fire. By taking responsibility and turning the team toward solution and progress he dowsed the probability of a flame and turned it into a demonstration of leadership, a learning opportunity; and a positive solution to the problem situation.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

Leadership Earned

DSN9118-2-MHe had been the president of the company for less than three months. It was his first presentation to the entire company. He began by telling about his first mistake after coming to the position. It was not a huge or costly mistake, but it was a funny story and was quite humbling to him. His humor being in the form of self-deprecation, showed his willingness to be open, honest and vulnerable.

The people seeing, meeting, and hearing him for the first time found him endearing and relatable. As I witnessed the event I was impressed. As I looked around and observed the situation I could see others were impressed as well.

By the end of the presentation this new leader had demonstrated that he was their leader, he had reassured them that he would lead well; not by anything he said, but by being genuine, relaxed and humble. After the initial story, he apologized for that mistake and then told what he hoped to happen and how he would try to lead the company. It was about him trying to take responsibility and being held accountable for their growth.

He was humorous, but asked nothing of the people gathered. He only asked that if they were willing they could join him. He would appreciate their help and would be extremely grateful.

The reception of his message was thunderous applause and ovation. He stood at the platform nearly unable to speak; overcome with emotion. He was in the position of leadership, but more than that, he had now earned it.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge