Fun Team Building & Business Purpose

Three people concentrating on a team building activity.

Team Building With Objectives

Our teambuilding activities have been carefully designed to be fun and engaging but also to provide meaningful business links when required. We believe that one goal does not need to compromise the other, and further that when the experience is enjoyable and involving the end result is better achieved.

Some activities fit specific outcomes better than others and many can be adapted to suit specific goals. These might include leadership, communication, appreciating diversity and using initiative both individually and as a team.

In our experience it is best to choose between one and three outcome goals. If too many are aimed for then there is a risk of achieving none of them. We work hard to ensure that whatever outcome is chosen the route does not feel contrived. We respect the emotional and intellectual intelligence of our clients.

Sometimes it is appropriate to run an event without specific outcomes in mind. Under these circumstances the authentic issues facing the team emerge and our facilitators are skilled at bringing these out and working on them in a debrief. These events can be very powerful.

We have two levels of activity supervisor: the instructor and the facilitator. The instructor can run and debrief an activity, for example discuss how it went and how it could go better and provide feedback on the approach of the team to the challenge. The facilitator is capable of taking this one stage further and linking the activity to the workplace.

We have found that teambuilding events have become part of the standard within corporate work teams, helping in such vital areas as achieving the right work-life balance. They should be an enjoyable experience which leads to greater social and economic performance within the team by helping them to gain insights in an ‘out of office’ environment.

The potential range of benefits of our teambuilding activities is broad and we are committed to working closely with our clients from the all important first brief. By doing this we understand exactly what the objectives of the event are and ensure that they are achieved on the day.

4 Comments

  1. Gerard Dunn · June 6, 2012 Reply

    First step in building a good team – is instilling trust between the members of the team. Stepping outside the office environment allows members to build trust and comradiere in a low pressure environment.

    Good post!

  2. rictownsend · June 7, 2012 Reply

    The big deal is to have a facilitator who can run the debrief properly otherwise the participants don’t get full value… as a trainer I’ve seen it messed up very often!

  3. johnsteambuilding · June 14, 2012 Reply

    Reblogged this on jbteambuilding and commented:
    The relationship between team building and business purpose is often overlooked when its parodied in the media. A well facilitated team building events can achieve a great deal if the objectives are set out at the outset. As this says less is usually more in terms of the number of objectives; one or two done well.

  4. jackiebarrie · June 21, 2012 Reply

    I’ve often wondered whether characteristics that are displayed in a team-building or role-playing situation actually translate to characteristics back in the office. Do you know if there is any research on this?

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