Unless you’re stranded alone on a deserted island, chances are good that you are part of a team on a regular basis.
It may be a small team, it may be a large team, but these teams help us accomplish our common goals and further our mutual causes.
So, how does building a team work?
Do you wake up one day and boom – immediately your team is the best of the best? Of course not! Group development is a process. It takes work. We know, we know, who wants more work, right? Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make the process less ‘ugh’ and more ‘ah!’. Where else to start but the beginning?
Bruce Almighty: On Day 1, Tuckman created Forming.
According to Bruce Tuckman’s model of Group Development, forming a team is the first phase of building a team. Seems obvious, right? Well it is, and it isn’t.
True, it takes putting a group of people together to have a team, but as you know it’s a lot more than just “Hello, My Name Is…”. You’ve been part of a newly formed team. Remember that first week or two – the pleasantries and polite dance? That, my friend, is Phase 1: Forming a Team.
Phase 1 of building a team is all about learning roles and building relationships.
You and your team members get to know one another as well as the job at hand. The leaders begin to emerge in this stage, and everyone else gets a feel for how their piece fits into the puzzle.
There’s not much conflict in Phase 1, generally. You and your new teammates are too busy learning about each others’ styles and personalities.
That also means that the team is probably not as productive as they will be in later stages. You just haven’t gotten into your groove yet – that’s where TeamBonding comes in.
You understand that starting your team off on the right foot is important. So do we! Several TeamBonding programs are designed to help your team through the Forming stage, including Smartphone Dashes, DiSC Training, School For Spies, and Pipeline – Team Building That Delivers.
Each of these programs is customized to kick start your team’s journey from pleasantries to planning by highlighting each person’s strengths and bringing out their personalities.
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!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
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 in order to work effectively. (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.
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