Successful Team Building Factors
Successful team building methods have been used for many years to bring individuals
together so that they could motivate each other to achieving
their goals. We look at team development as an extended process
includes assessing and diagnosing the team, facilitating workshops that provide
additional training, enhancing leadership on the team through coaching, and
helping team members remain accountable to each other and to the
organization. If team development is a process, then team building is
about developing specific skills within the team through a variety of training
activities. Here are some additional thoughts about team building:
Team building doesn't have to take up a significant amount of
Successful team building programs may only be one or two
days in length. These "workshops" usually focus on skill
building in the areas of managing conflict, respecting diversity, defining roles
and expectations, setting clear goals, making effective decisions, and
developing an open leadership model that promotes a positive atmosphere. Team building is only a part of our
Team Development Model.
Team building will be beneficial to a team if it is designed to achieve
specific performance results.
Team building can be successful,
but it needs to have a specific, achievable goal. Team building must focus
on developing workshops that meet the need of the team. Ropes courses and
outdoor activities can be a great deal of fun, but are only as successful when
the entire team endorses them.
The Executive Team must be committed to the team building process.
Teams must feel that the results of team building will be respected
and endorsed by the leadership of the organization. Team building programs
that lack support from above are less effective because team members believe
that they cannot implement new ideas and thoughts. This is true
for the entire team development process.
The team leader and members must commit to the team building process.
It is important that every member on the team commit to the team
building training/activities and to the overall development of the team.
Team building is most effective when lead by an external expert, rather than
a team leader.
While there are many very effective team leaders
that can provide the training and coaching necessary to help their team move
forward, we believe that an outside expert in team building can bring in
experience and objectivity to the team development process.
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