Great teams are always an asset to a company. Effective teams work better and aids the company to stay competitive. A team with a strong leader, cohesive team members and effective manner of communication strategies succeeds. Unfortunately, such team will not pop up one fine morning. Effort must be made. This is where team building comes into the picture.
Patrick Lencioni, in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, has observed that “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” No statement can emphasize the importance of team building more.
According to Beer (1980), team building is the process of diagnosing the work style of a team and suggest and execute changes to enhance the performance of the team. So, he meant team building is necessary when there is something wrong with the performance of the team and some changes have to be made. Team building activities are one of the best tools to ensure a high functioning team. The first impression of a tam building activity is that “Oh! The same old paint ball games”. But that is not true. Team building is not always about paint ball games or other irrelevant activity to waste. A good team building activity can improve morale, instill cohesiveness, increase productivity and motivation and even solve an issue that is hampering the team’s performance. It is because team building activities are great ways to invest on a team, Harvard Business Review dedicated one whole article on just “Team-Building Exercises for Tough Times”.
But why is it that team building activities do not work most of the time? Probably because they were not well-planned. Poorly planned exercises will not just be unsuccessful, but can also negatively affect the team structure. There is a need of proper follow-up after the execution of the activities. Team building activities can yield the expected benefits only if annual team building events are integrated into the overall company structure.
Strengthscape is a training and leadership development firm, based in Bangalore, India. We began our journey modestly in 2007. Our hard work and dedication have resulted in several innovative and inspiring inteventions for the needy. In our 11 years of journey, we were able to gain a reputable name among our selected clients.
We believe in the importance of reinforcing teamwork every day. Hence, we, with our 25 trainers are happy to inform you that we provide a wide range of team building exercises that actually work in bringing about team cohesiveness, which is relevant and that guarantee results. Our activities assure a message to take back and are tailor-made according to the clients’ needs and hence each activity is unique.
We also provide a pre- and post-design intervention to bring about team cohesiveness followed by one-to-one coaching of the team leaders and members, ensuring that any team building intervention is not just fun but also fruitful and brings a high return-on-investment.
To know more about our design and strategies for team building, contact us.