Teambuilding and Corporate Activities
Teambuilding as an Investment
It's an investment that will pay off if you see it through. If you invest in a structured programme with considered goals and outcomes and you actually work towards them, and let me say that it may not be the most comfortable thing you've ever done; it may be that you find out that you're not quite where you were on your business map or your business plan or that maybe everybody you have on board isn't quite right or isn't in the right frame of mind or hasn't signed up one hundred percent to it.
If you've got a common goal, a clear objective that people understand and sign up to, that's a massive step forward to actually achieving the goals in business as well as the people. A team-building event at a certain level gives you a lot more than just a fun day out. It really can make a significant business difference.
The Cost of Not Investing in Teambuilding
What is the cost of buying a new car, putting it on the road and not servicing it?
What is the cost of:
∑ going to an appointment and youíre car breaks down on the motorway
∑ getting delayed or you donít even get to that meeting
∑ having your car towed away
∑ various other things like repair bills etc.
There is the cost of you missing the appointment. Staff are the same thing, they donít always cost a lot more.
There is also a cost of not investing in the team if a staff member isnít doing what they do well, misses opportunities, is unable to deliver certain things, misses deadlines for example, goes to a meeting but misses the opportunity to capture the benefits of that meeting,. There is always a cost. You may not know about it but thereís an actual cost, i.e. they donít come back with the business.
If you start looking at the figures, a team-building event is exceptionally good value. Not doing teambuilding could in term cost you money. Just because you canít see it does not make it OK.
This is why sometimes people find teambuilding uncomfortable because they have to bring their heads out of the sand, have a look and realise that they may not be where they thought they should be. They may not have the team they thought they had and teambuilding helps directors, managers, team leaders etc. to establish very quickly where they are with relevance to where they want to be.
Common Problems in TeamsÖ.
Communication, Trust and leadership skills
Most common problems within teams are very easily recognisable and in the short term easily dealt with.
For example, poor communication skills or a lack of communication skills, and a lack of understanding or appreciation of each team member.
If you think of work issues like conflict, how can problems be resolved if you donít have good communication skills? How can you possibly share the goals of a company or even create the goals of a company if you donít have good communication skills.
Good communication does not mean being able to stand on stage and just tell people a message; good communication means being able to share a message which is heard, received, understood and appreciated. People often say communication is a two-way thing; communication is not what I tell you, itís what you hear or the manner in which you hear it. Even people at top level do not necessarily have good communication skills.
Another typical one would be leadership. If one thinks how hard it is to be a leader, what defines a good leader? In the leaderís opinion, it might be someone strong, directive, controlling or confident. What does the team require? They may require very little from their leader, i.e. give me some instructions and leave me alone. So in many ways a leader has to try and be a number of things to different people or, surround him or herself with people that can do that. A well trained and experienced leader is able to do this.
Communication, leadership, egoÖ. If one can suspend ego in a team it is always an amazing benefit to the team, very difficult to do, however it has dramatic results when achieved.
Then you come to trust. Do you really trust me? do I really trust you? Do I trust our product? do I trust our client? our business?
Without these elements being in balance,
people will inevitably never work to their very best.