“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success,” Henry Ford, an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, once said.
The statement succinctly captures the merits of creating teams at workplaces. The need to develop effective teams in organisations cannot be over-emphasised. Effective teams are essential for the growth and success of any company.
Why team-building programmes
With the corporate environment turning progressively competitive, where performance and output decides the fate of the company and its employees, it is necessary to motivate employees. Usually, it is team effort that ultimately decides the success and failure of a project. Team building activities can help boost morale of employees.
Issues that can be addressed
Is your team struggling with communication or trust issues? Very often those issues boil down to personalities – a misunderstanding of different personalities. Team building activities that focus on personality styles can be a great way to boost morale and reduce conflict.
By understanding the personality temperaments of co-workers, you can identify team characteristics and open lines of communication.
Many people learn by doing, not by hearing. You can build teamwork and improve communication while having fun with team building activities. Most organisations often ask us to “build trust” within their team. That’s like asking your personal trainer to build muscle for you.
A consultancy firm can only provide you with tools and resources necessary to create the right environment. The actual implementation and application of these tools lies with you. It is the actual implementation of these that will ultimately build the traits you desire in your team.
Personality dimensions in teams
Psychologists tell us there are four main personality temperaments. Whether you favour Myers-Briggs, DiSC or Personality Traits, they all group personalities in common ways. If you want to gain buy-in with your co-workers, you may need to pull from the attributes that are a stretch for you.
Stretch your comfort zone to build trust. For example, have you ever observed these two distinct personality styles on a Monday morning: one comes in very energetic, bubbling over with details about their weekend and questions about yours.
The other is ready for the day’s agenda, very task focused and wants to get down to business. A simple explanation and understanding of these two different types will reduce conflict and build trust.
Interactive team-building sessions
Interactive team activities can help team members identify their dominate personality traits and strengths in a memorable way so that communication with the team and the ability to gain co-operation from others is easier.
Team activities are designed to build more of a team atmosphere, help individuals learn how and why people act “that way” and how to deal more effectively with each other. The end result includes improved trust and respect among co-workers and managers, which ultimately results in increased effectiveness. And when you combine that with philanthropic team activities, your team is sure to feel more connected.
Team members learn about personality styles through a series of fun team activities. So if you want to boost morale and reduce conflict, stretch your comfort zone to build trust and use interactive sessions to build a team atmosphere.
By developing an understanding of personality styles, your team will feel valued. When people feel valued in an organisation, they are more likely to contribute ideas and be even more productive members of the team.
Planning team activities
In the process of planning activities for a team, be clear about the aims and objectives.
Enjoying a day playing games, going for a team lunch, or investing just on fun games will not produce a complete result. Therefore, companies should also focus on work related games and activities.
Organising such events frequently would prove advantageous and develop team spirit among the employees, thereby achieving the set goals.
Team building activities are arranged in the workplace to encourage open communication among employees, and push them to work in a team towards the achievement of the shared objectives.
Team building vs training
Many companies judge both team building and training on the same parameter. In fact, there exists a difference between the two.
However, team building must not be confused with training. Team building programmes for the organisation are conducted in a casual environment and an informal way to motivate employees in the successful accomplishment of realistic goals.
On the contrary, training is conducted in a formal environment inculcating skills or knowledge among the group or an individual.
Team leadership and team building go hand in hand. A successful leader is like a potter whose work is to mold a fragmented work environment into a cohesive one. The job of the leader is to encourage teammates and inculcate:
*Be there for them,
*Be honest with them and should not make biased decisions, and
*Keep boosting their morale and confidence
Team members should always praise others’ performance and be open to take challenges and learn new things.
Mandeya is a senior executive training consultant and communication in management advisor, a personal coach in leadership and professional development with the Institute of Leadership Research and Development. You can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.