Team building is a diverse subject but essentially it is about a group of people having a shared experience, for fun or development. Although having fun is a key component of what we do we focus on using the outdoors as a tool for development, and we feel that for a team to truly realise their potential they must leave the comfort zone and try the unknown. So, in short here are our 4 main ideas for creating an effective developmental team building experience.
The first of our team building ideas involves utilising adventurous outdoor activities, as the possibilities for taking people out of their comfort zones are endless. A team faced with a group challenge impels them to come together, naturally facilitating team building to take place.
Example - A gorge walk involves water and heights which creates two main focus areas:
To ensure the group travel safely from A to B the team must physically and emotionally support each other, naturally developing a shared experience and bond.
Our ideas around team building also involve establishing opportunities for individuals to take risks, but in a controlled manner. The outdoors is an exciting environment and one that encourages people to try new skills. This is perfect for experiential learning away from the work place, but which can still be transferred back for optimum effect.
Example - All adventurous outdoor activities require a leader to overlook priority number 1, safety. Many factors are cause for concern – weather, fitness, food, terrain, clothing etc. Participant leaders are deliberately faced with increased responsibility, but once again in a controlled environment where mistakes are an excellent opportunity for development. This encourages a confidence to try new things, and a better appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses and how they can be best utilised within a team environment.
Adventurous outdoor activities pose real consequences, which are carefully controlled by the outdoor facilitator, but still feel tangible for the participants. Therefore creating challenges with serious outcomes, where safety is concerned, demands focus and commitment from participants.
Example - While canoeing someone could fall in and be at risk of becoming seriously cold. The team therefore need to take training and safety precautions on board and work effectively to avoid the risks. If someone does go in the team need to utilise efficient communication and leadership skills to keep control of the situation.
The team building experience has to be valued by the participants. Due to the challenging nature of outdoor activities participants don’t always appreciate the experience for what it is as it happens. Therefore our ideas culminate in ensuring participants have the opportunity to reflect at the end of the experience once they have had the chance to consider the adversities they faced and overcame.
Example - The team building experience must be reviewed, throughout and at the end, to help the team realise the learning and development they have achieved and ensuring they return to the work place with a means to transfer that learning.
The only way to truly appreciate our ideas is to come and try them, so take a look at our team building packages. Why not realise your potential and use our team building ideas to enhance yours.Tweet