TEAM BUILDING? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHEN SOMEONE TALKS ABOUT AN EFFECTIVE TEAM WHAT IMAGES SPRING TO YOUR MIND? A TEAM THAT WORKS WELL TOGETHER WITH MINIMAL EFFORT REQUIRED TO KEEP IT THAT WAY? A TEAM THAT CONSISTENTLY DELIVERS RESULTS? A TEAM THAT EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS OF IT?
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Yet, the effort required to build an effective team is often under-estimated and consequently the strengths of the team are often not leveraged to maximum effect. And with the pace of life and work rapidly increasing more and more teams are experiencing new challenges, and don’t know how to deal with it effectively resulting in individualistic behaviour.
So, what is the value of building a team? Highly effective managers across the UK recognise how important team building within the workplace really is. They know how important it is to think of a group as team, after all if the manager doesn’t think of them as a team typically members of the group won’t either. Effective managers know that they have to treat the group as a team, expect them to perform as a team, and reward successes as a team.
However, it’s not enough to tell them that they are a team and must perform as one. You also have to show the members of the team that it benefits them personally. Most of us think of ourselves first and foremost before thinking of others.
Team building activities help people to acknowledge that they are part of a team and are capable of producing more than the sum of its members.
“Pace – excellent. Challenging style very good, involvement of participants very good; felt that dynamics within team were assessed and incorporated into day.”
“Fantastically paced – challenging yet not threatening; good use of different exercises – individual/reflection/active/team exercises.”
Working with you, I can devise and facilitate bespoke team building activities for your team or organisation to build understanding, cohesion, respect for others, and an alignment of individual values with organisational aims and objectives.
Doing this can lead to a team that works well together with minimal effort.
“I have no hesitation in recommending Louise. She is a skilled professional in the areas of organisational development, training and human resources. Louise combines mentoring and coaching skills with a shrewd knowledge of how companies work.”
Dr. Chris Hanvey, former CEO of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
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