Team Building Building

Team BuildingI like to think I have an adventurous spirit. I'll eat just about anything put in front of me... as long as you don't tell me what it is. I've had squab (baby pigeon), buffalo, ostrich and even cow intestines (tripe). And that's all here in the United States!

When it comes to team building, there are those that moan in pain when it's mentioned and those who think, "I can't wait to try the zipline course." I'm the latter. Although some organizations can go a little nuts on the team building for their staff, there are good outcomes of team building. I believe it's almost always a positive to get out of our comfort zones now and again. They call that growth, right?

An article by Katie Morell for AmEx OPEN has two types of team building.

Start out by making sure you team building has a goal. Don't do it for the sake of doing it. There's entertaining team building, like the ropes course, the zipline or some other outing. It can be bowling, video gaming, just about anything where you work together and have fun. Breaking into teams helps build competition, but also camaraderie. Include prizes to make it more rewarding.

If the point of the building is to help a team work better together, an outing can be a nice change of pace, but also look at the issues that's creating the issues. Why is the team not working well together? Perhaps meet with each team member in confidence and find out what they would like to change to make the team work better. If, for example, you find it's a simple lack of communication that's causing the issues, then you can design your team building exercises around that.

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