Team building I Teams that play together work together

Teams that play together work together I Team building

Team building activities

What would you put at the top of a list of characteristics that make a good team? Perhaps initiative, trust, flexibility, empathy, leadership or effectiveness?

What becomes clear if you look at these characteristics is that most of them are not the hard skills of industry or management expertise: most are attitudes rather than skills. Successful team players are defined by the way they relate to their colleagues, and the way in which they interact across a broad range of skills bases.

In fact 80% of what makes a good team member is determined by these positive attitudes, and only 20% by the specific job skills they possess.

So why does industry spend around 80% of its training budget on developing often short-lived skills which need updating on a regular basis? For any real value to be gained from team building development initiatives, you must be able to get colleagues to recognize a whole range of contributions made by different team members. Only then will they be able to think about how best they can exploit this potential and work effectively together to ensure that everyone plays to their strengths and maximizes the team’s efforts.

One of the best ways of bringing about recognition of Team building is to get the team away from the office environment. Putting groups of people together in new, fun or unusual settings, in which they depend on each other’s individual strengths and attitudes to work through challenges and problem-solving can have immensely powerful consequences.

So get out of the office: think about the added value that a really well-designed team-building event can add to the in-house training you may already have. And have fun!