What kind of image do you conjure up when someone mentions the phrase “team building.” If your head starts spinning with visions of trust falls, rock climbing, playing with Legos or some other game type of activity, you’re not alone. That’s what most people think of when they hear those words. And along with that comes a lot of rolling eyes and groans about wasting time.
It’s a shame team building has such a bad name because of poorly executed experiential team building days that became so popular in the nineties. Experiential team building can be the catalyst that causes a breakthrough in a team if done correctly and integrated with your team’s regular objectives and goals. But the biggest problem with them is that they typically occur only once a year. That’s not enough to maintain your team. Team building is definitely not an annual affair.
Let’s think back to why you have a team in the first place. Your team was created with a specific purpose -- to accomplish a project, or focus organizational efforts in a specific direction, or to accomplish a certain goal. These activities take place every single day. And so should your team building.
When you consider team building as part of your day-to-day activities, your team will be a healthy one that functions well together to accomplish its goals.
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