People in every workplace talk about team building, working as a
team, and my team, but few understand how to create the experience
of team work or how to develop an effective team.
Belonging to a team, in the broadest sense, is a result of feeling
part of something larger than yourself.
The concept of a team can be defined as a group of individuals who
work together to achieve a common goal.
It has a lot to do with your understanding of the vision, mission,
and objections as well as the values of your organisation. What is
the outcome that one wants to achieve with a teambuilding session?
You want each team member to be one in body, mind, heart and
spirit. Everyone ‘boots and all’ into achieving the end result.
Team building is not just about getting together and having fun and
games. As the definition states: “A team consists of a group of
Team building starts with the individual. The essence of team
building is to get individuals to buy into the vision of the leader
(company). In other words the goal to achieve must also be of value
to the specific individual (what’s in it for me?).
He/She must have the passion and burning desire to achieve the
results which are important to the company. An individual needs to
connect physically (body), intellectually (mind), psychologically
(Heart & soul) and spiritually with the aim in mind.
You see, if a person is a soccer player playing in the rugby team,
he or she will not be a good team player. The money might be great
and even the position might be great but because he hasn’t got the
body, the mind, the soul or heart and spirit for it (the game of
rugby), it just won’t work. Such a person will not “score the
tries”. Such a team (company) will not make it. This is the number
one reason why team building events are mostly a waste of good
money. People just don’t know there is a science behind building a
good team. Team members need to have the right skills (body and
mind skills) to begin with.
Otherwise they can’t add value. Unfortunately lots of people are in
jobs or positions that they are not competent for. This is a huge
reason for inefficiency and distrust. If team members can’t trust
one another the team and business will not survive.
Trust is the foundation of a successful team.
If people can’t connect psychologically – with their hearts – to
the goal in mind and to the other team members, other (hearts) team
players will know that and they will not be able to trust them. If
people lack the heart (passion) for what needs to be achieved they
will not be honest. They will not feel free to join in positive
conflict situations that are essential for team work and creative
problem solving opportunities. They will have a fear of conflict.
If a person can’t connect on a spiritual level with the vision and
mission of the company and other team members, they will not be
able to find meaning and purpose in what the team stands for.
This will lead to a lack of commitment and accountability which is
essential for team work.
Team building is a science. That’s why simplistic fun and game
events (without scientific under lay) are usually deemed failures
by their participants.
Remember that team building has everything to do with relationship
building. Still after years this is our biggest challenge. By now
we should have been experts on relationships but children still
rebel against parents, couples divorce more than ever and we still
make wars. Leaders need to define the team they want to build.
Developing an overall sense of team work is different from building
an effective, focused work team when you consider team building
Ask the question: “Can we be a TEAM?” I believe you CAN!
Blogger Barry: I found this interesting article by W. Lombard some
years ago and still find it amazingly current in todays workplace.
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