No change in behavior. No new insights. No team improvements. What an utter waste of time! All team building events must be memorable. They must change (read "improve") individual behavior for the better. They must strengthen team bonds and help create the high performing teams we all hear about and wish we were a part of.
By the way, if your team is a high performing one, low on conflict and high on harmony, then congratulations! You and your team are doing something very right. But why not read on anyway? You might pick up something new that could add a little more value.
How to make your team building days work better
Yes, it's important to work on your team dynamics on a day by day basis, constantly monitoring and adjusting what's going on. But speci all y designed team building days also have their rightful place. Just remember, if you're going to run a team building event, then it must add value. After all , training is expensive and even the participants need return on their investment or time and energy.
It really doesn't matter whether you play team building games, create a list of team rules, or just discuss team issues. The main thing is not what you do, but how you do it. Understanding a little about what teams need to be effective will help you better understand how to improve team processes (not just during a specific team building event, but on a day-to-day basis as well).
What Teams Need
In order to be effective – to work as a cohesive unit and achieve more together than is possible as individuals, teams need a number of crucial elements to be present in their environment. These elements are not difficult to achieve but they do take a certain amount of effort on the part of the team leader or business owner.
Research has shown, over and over again, that these elements are vital for effective teams. They are not “new age”, nor “touchy feely” nor “time wasting frills”. They are the very basics of team work, and businesses which recognize their importance and work at maintaining them are rewarded with teams that out-perform their more average cousins by miles.
Improving Team Performance
If you want to improve the performance of your team, it’s not all about “whipping them into shape”. It’s about creating the right environment so they can do their very best. It's also about understanding and accepting your role as leader/coach and learning the skills you need to create the team you deserve. Like the best sporting coaches in the world always say, when the team is not performing, it’s the coach’s job that’s on the line!