When you think about fun team building activities what usually pops into your head? Bowling, last year’s semi-annual meeting or better yet a scavenger hunt you did competing with the marketing department? These are all great corporate event ideas and typical team building activities but they are so wrong for your team!
Why? Because teambuilding should not be about competition! It doesn’t make sense to have a competitive activity if you’re trying to foster an environment of cooperation, trust and build a team. Even if you’re having an event where groups of a small number of people are competing again each other the main focus is still competition instead of cooperation.
It makes absolutely no sense to send them on trainings that are mainly competitive in nature. Even when these events let people work together in smaller teams competing against other teams. The focus still ends up being on competition, not cooperation.
Here’s how you build a real team building event:
• Create a plan that is in harmony with your goals and organization mission and make sure it fits into your long term organizational vision.
• Commit to consistent action, teambuilding is a “life-long” commitment. It defines who you are, think of it as your new identity and not a one time event.
• Make it fun and enriching for participants in terms of their personal life and not only work related activity.
99% of “teambuilding” is ineffective because it is treated as a stand alone event. There’s no follow up and it hasn’t been tied into the company culture. More on teambuilding here.
Here are Two Examples of Fool Proof Fun Team Building Activities You Can Try:
Improve Classes – Improvisation is the invention or fabrication of a story or line of logic using a given set of parameters. Improvisational activities are excellent vehicles to help groups or “teams” interact effectively. Teambuilding through improvisation is both fun and effective in helping presenters understand the dynamics of human interaction.
Culinary Classes – Cooking is the oldest group activity known to mankind, cooking together has always been the most natural and effective way to build community and relationships. When a group gathers together in a casual environment with no pressure, sparks fly, imaginations ignite, relationships strengthen and laughter is heard.