Team building

Team Building refers to a wide range of activities, presented to businesses, schools, sports teams, religious or nonprofit organizations designed for improving team performance. Team building is pursued via a variety of practices, and can range from simple bonding exercises to complex simulations and multi-day team building retreats designed to develop a team (including group assessment and group-dynamic games), usually falling somewhere in between. It generally sits within the theory and practice of organizational development, but can also be applied to sports teams, school groups, and other contexts. Team building is not to be confused with "team recreation" that consists of activities for teams that are strictly recreational. Teambuilding is an important factor in any environment, its focus is to specialize in bringing out the best in a team to ensure self development, positive communication, leadership skills and the ability to work closely together as a team to problem solve. Work environments tend to focus on individuals and personal goals, with reward & recognition singling out the achievements of individual employees. "How to create effective teams is a challenge in every organization"[1] Team building can also refer to the process of selecting or creating a team from scratch.

Reasons for Team Building
Reasons for Team Building include
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Improving communication Making the workplace more enjoyable Motivating a team Getting to know each other Getting everyone "onto the same page", including goal setting Teaching the team self-regulation strategies Helping participants to learn more about themselves (strengths and weaknesses) Identifying and utilizing the strengths of team members Improving team productivity Practicing effective collaboration with team members

There are many types of team building activities that range from kids games to games that involve novel complex tasks and are designed for specific needs. Types of Team Building Exercises Communication Exercise This type of team building exercise is exactly what it sounds like. • Goal: Show the importance of planning before implementing a solution . • Goal: Give team a problem in which the solution is not easily apparent or requires the team to come up with a creative solution Planning/Adaptability Exercise These exercises focus on aspects of planning and being adaptable to change. These are important things for teams to be able to do when they are assigned complex tasks or decisions. The issues teams encounter in these exercises are solved by communicating effectively with each other. There are also more complex team building exercises that are composed of multiple exercises such as ropes courses. • Goal: Create an activity which highlights the importance of good communication in team performance and/or potential problems with communication. The purpose of team building exercises is to assist teams in becoming cohesive units of individuals that can effectively work together to complete tasks. These exercises are some of the most common as they appear to have the most direct link to what employers want their teams to be able to do. Problem Solving/Decision Making Exercise Problem Solving/Decision making exercises focus specifically on groups working together to solve difficult problems or make complex decisions. Communications exercises are problem solving activities that are geared towards improving communication skills. corporate drumming and exercises that last over several days.What are Team Building Exercises and what is their purpose? Team building exercises consist of a variety of tasks designed to develop group members and their ability to work together effectively.

company sponsored fun activities to get to know team members (sometimes intending also to inspire creativity) personal development activities . Models of Team Behavior Team building generally sits within the theory and practice of organizational development. Several well-known approaches to team management have come out of academic work. and training in how to work better together (and combinations of the above) Team interaction involves "soft" interpersonal skills including well as the inhibitors to teamwork and ways to remove. . The related field of team management refers to techniques.Trust Exercise A trust exercise involves engaging team members in a way that will induce trust between them. Some team activities are designed to speed up (or improve) this process in the safe team development environment. leadership. They are sometimes difficult exercises to implement as there are varying degrees of trust between individuals and varying degrees of individual comfort trusting others in general. Depending on the type of team games designed to help individuals discover how they approach a problem. • Goal: Create trust between team members Subgroups of Team Building Exercises • • • • • simple social activities .in contrast to technical skills directly involved with the job at hand. mitigate or overcome them. the novel tasks can encourage or specifically teach interpersonal team skills to increase team performance. • The forming-storming-norming-performing model posits four stages of new team development to reach high performance. processes and tools for organizing and coordinating a team towards a common goal . and motivation . negotiation. and discover better methods psychological analysis of team roles. how the team works encourage team members to spend time together group bonding sessions .individual programs given to groups (sometimes physically challenging) team development activities .

or as a component of organizational development. To improve its current performance. and can be used to create and develop better functioning teams. Team development can be the greater term containing this assessment and improvement actions. . and providing activities (exercises that compose a team building intervention) for the team are the main responsibilities of the consultant.• • Belbin Team Types can be assessed to gain insight into an individual's natural behavioral tendencies in a team context. actively assessing the team. During these first contacts. Team Sociomapping is an visual approach to team process and structure modelling. He will likely interact with the team once. Moreover. What does a Team-Building Consultant do? A team-building consultant is responsible for each component of a team building intervention. so that they will have a better understanding of their working style. making recommendations. as well as their fellow team mates. usually a written proposal is required after the evaluation process. Organizational Development In the organizational development context. team awareness. or done internally by the human resource department. Another way is to allow for personality assessment amongst the team members. the consultant is then responsible for providing a useful intervention that will transfer back into the organizational setting. in which the trainer indicates how he or she would go about improving the team’s performance. feedback from the team assessment can be used to identify gaps between the desired state and the current state. a team seeks feedback from group members to find out both its current strengths and weakness. Once the organization and consultant determine which recommendations to utilize (if not all). a team may embark on a process of selfassessment to gauge its effectiveness and improve its performance. These may be introduced by companies that does teambuilding sessionsm. or for a limited number of times. This model is based on social networks approach and improves the team performance by improvement of specific cooperation ties between the people. To assess itself. A structured teambuilding plan is a good tool to implement team bonding and thus. and to design a gap-closure strategy.

the consultant will typically evaluate the team-building program and communicate the results to the organization.This responsibility usually requires the consultant to create a detailed plan of events. After the intervention has been employed. while allowing for flexibility. .

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