Sometimes building a team can feel like being on Survivor Island, with everyone fighting to make sure their strategy will win out in the end.
Let’s say you’re a couple of weeks into your new assignment, and your team has made it through the ‘Getting to Know You’, or Forming, phase of your group’s journey. What comes next!? Well, according to Tuckman’s Model of Group Development (and Murphy’s Law) the next phase is generally one of upheaval and conflict – (cue ominous music) ‘Storming’.
May The Best (Wo)Man Win
As morale-trying as the Storming phase may be, it’s an absolutely vital part of building an effective, efficient team. During this stage, your team members promote their own ideas and strategies, and the leaders within the group jockey for position.
Your group tries to come to a collective decision on what course of action to take, usually through much discussion (heated or otherwise!) and indecisiveness, so the tasks and itineraries continuously change as ‘The Plan’ is formed.
Some teams never get through the storming phase.
This really is the make it or break it phase of building your team. If your team isn’t cohesive enough to put the best interest of the group as a whole first and foremost, then the likelihood of your team accomplishing your task and surviving to the end is slim.
Recognizing this is half the battle though! If you need some additional support for your team, TeamBonding offers many fun, interactive programs, such as The Charity Bike Build,Corporate Survivors,Canned Good, and Ice Sculpting, that will help you eliminate the internal conflict and get through Storming and on to….
Well, you’ll have to tune in next Monday to find that out!
How will your team brave the storm? What tactics have worked for you in the past?
What happens when you find yourself, and your employees in a work rut? Don’t worry, it’s pretty common. That’s why TeamBonding is here! When you don’t have anything new, inspiring, or challenging happening in the workplace, you may find you and your employees in a work rut. Let’s talk about these 4 tips for getting out of a rut at work!
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Ice breakers and puzzle games have their place, but sometimes you just want to get together as a group, and play. Here at TeamBonding, encouraging play is what we’re all about! When you play as a team, you develop and strengthen social bonds, which makes working together a more rewarding experience all around. With this in mind, we’re excited to share a free game for you to play with your team the next time you need to relax and have some fun.
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively to improve teamwork. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
Know each other as people, not just professionals. We’re all so much more than our job titles. We have interests that may have drawn each of us to our roles and help us excel within them. There are easy team building icebreaker activities for work that will help you and your team bond and get to know each other as more than just your role in the office. (more…)
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