Pulling together can be like pulling teeth if you’re not careful. A good team requires great planning and above all, motivation.

Before you embark on your mission, task, quest? Or whatever you want to call it; make sure you have some clear aims and objectives laid out. Start with a simple plan that answers these 4 questions:

  • Who is the team?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • What roles will you carry out?
  • When will it happen?
  • This will put you all at ease and make you more comfortable carrying out your tasks. Motivating each other may require a little something else.

Team building days are a great way of getting team members to bond away from a workplace environment. Without the pressures of the workplace, employees can get to know each other and begin to work together without a fear of failure. It is essential every member is doing their bit and a ‘team day’ can get you all off to a good start.

Filming is a great way of pulling out key parts of a team building day and watching them back at a later date.

Take a look at this blog to see how video can be used on training days too.

There are 3 main skills that you will always want to encourage in your team building event to encourage good results.

Communication

By talking through shared aims we can successfully delegate the jobs we need to fulfil. This will get us working efficiently, and (hopefully) stop us going round in circles.

It is always good practise to encourage everybody in the group to have their say too. More, how shall we phrase it, ‘chatty’ members of the group can often drown out concerns others may have. Concerns that really need to be discussed.

Accountability

It’s not a blame game, but if everyone can take ownership of their duties and carry them out how they see fit, it brings out a far better end product. Have faith in your team members and do not just rely on one person to try and conduct every aspect of your team.

Constructive Criticism

This is a tough one, but when a team is comfortable with one another they will be able to point out what can be improved, without any hurt feelings. If something can be improved for the good of the team, it needs to be aired.

Try conducting an exercise on a team building day that encourages people to bring out the best in each other. Guiding one member through a particularly difficult task or activity that they have never done before, such as painting a picture blind-folded, can be a lot of fun, but can also develop key communication skills that are transferrable to interpersonal skills needed in the workplace.

What’s more, if you video this, the results can be very amusing!

Have a look at the video below to see how the speaker, Tom Wujec, uses an exercise involving a marshmallow and spaghetti to encourage good team building skills at his events.

Well, there’s some ideas to get the creativity flowing. Of course, what really makes a team building event is the people who go. But planning and organising always helps to make things that little bit more special.

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