Get 17 concise and easy to understand tips to help you design and conduct more effective team building offsites. Use the handy
self-assessment questions to help you identify where you need to improve and put in place the change needed to be a more effective leader.
“OK, let’s go around the room and everyone tell one interesting fact about yourself.”
“Bill, just fall backwards off this platform and let your team catch you!”
“So how do we become a better team?”
Any of you who have attended team offsites may recognize some variation of the above phrases. With the primary purpose of building teamwork, offsites became very popular in the 90’s and are a mainstay in many organizational environments. I’ve seen very mixed success in the offsites I have both attended as a team member and facilitated as a leader. Some of the offsites were great at inspiring the team and driving positive change in the organization, while others had as much impact as trying to bring down an alligator with a pea-shooter.
In looking at my successes and failures in managing offsites, I’ve come to realize that team offsites held for
the sole purpose of building teamwork in an organization just don’t work well. Sure, there may be some great feel-good things that happen at the offsite and a couple of friendships may develop. That is all fine and good. What really makes a team offsite hum, though, is when team building is coupled with organizational direction setting or problem solving. Not only are the team-building benefits realized, but the team is putting the team-building to work in real-time by addressing real, meaty business issues. After the offsite is done and the team goes back to the office, the team-building can be reinforced through the implementation of the ideas unearthed at the offsite. When this is done well, team-building shifts from being a separate and distinct
activity to something that is woven into the fabric of what the team does on a day to day basis.
In this Self-Study Seminar I will focus on five fundamental requirements leaders should follow which will result in effective team offsites. These requirements are based on years of conducting successful offsites as well as quite a few that were major duds. I learned some major lessons through both the successes and failures which helped me run more effective team offsites. I hope these lessons learned will be helpful to you as well.
Get 14 concise and easy to understand tips to help you unify your teams to drive better results. Use the handy self-assessment questions to help you identify where you need to improve and put in place the change needed to be a more effective leader.
I love baseball. Seeing an outfielder make an outstanding catch, watching a pitcher throw a no-hitter, or hearing the crack of the bat when a slugger hits one out of the park is a real thrill to me. Growing up, I always imagined playing professional baseball and
could have made it to the big leagues except I couldn’t hit as well, throw as hard, or field as good (i.e., I was a far cry from being talented enough!). As an adult, one thing that I have grown to appreciate about baseball is the teamwork involved in winning games. A pitcher can pitch a great game, but if the offense doesn’t produce any runs they can still lose the game. Or, you can have the best home-run hitter in the league on your team and you could still lose 100 games in a season. The team has to work together to deliver results, in the form of wins.
This couldn’t be more true when it comes to work teams. You could have an outstanding team member who nails every one of her deliverables, but if the team leader is weak or if other team members aren’t doing what is expected of them then the entire team is going to fail. While the one team member is a stand-out performer, she is unable to carry the weight of the entire team herself. She will be a star on a losing team.
As team leaders, we face a daunting challenge of how to unify our teams to where they are able to work together in delivering greater results than any one team member could do on his or her own. Whether it be due to lack of clarity in roles & responsibilities, team infighting, poor accountability, or non-recognition of results, a team that doesn’t perform well as a team won’t deliver what the organization needs and will get the team leader voted off the island.
This seminar is focused on helping team leaders understand five key factors which contribute to a unified team and helping them put changes in place to better align and unify their work teams and deliver outstanding results for their organization. Also keep in mind that these are not the only factors which unify teams. They are, in my experience, five key factors which contribute to team success and are also prone to be overlooked. So, without further ado, let’s get to business…
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