Team building… what did just come to your mind when reading this? Obvious, isn’t it? Completely obvious in essence, the phrase speaks for itself, but then… when we think a little further… what is it, really? It involves a whole bunch of activities and dynamics, basically anything a group could do together. But then, of course, it requires… A GROUP! This is the key, the starting point and also the main goal of these dynamics. All team building events, team building entertainment and team building activities have one single purpose: to create groups. It aims on developing strong relationships among people. Relationships that will help them be together on a daily basis and not only while passing through some kind of challenge during a team building activity! And the people… well, these people do probably have something in common, something they believe in, something they all are working for or want to achieve together. And this being said, we can already tell team building is usually organised for companies ,sports team , religious or non-profit organisations , in order to improve these groups (or teams) performance.
Activities that range from simple bonding exercises to complex teamwork challenges are designed to make a group of people think, move and work as one! And if one person tries to stand out, the whole group will probably fail the challenge. That’s precisely what participants have got to learn if they want to succeed… together!
But of course every single person is different, every one of us has a different personality, different tastes, skills and competences. And we’re no stronger or wiser than one another, we’re just different! This is where the team comes together to achieve something bigger, something greater. Something that one person could never do alone. Bringing together everyone’s strengths is the key factor to taking the best out of a group. And this is where team building can be as useful as it is fun! By taking part on team building activities, a group will not only get to know each other better and feel more comfortable around each other, but also find the specific strengths and weaknesses each person has. And, therefore, work together to make the strengths stand out and the weaknesses be covered by someone else’s knowledge or aptitudes.
In business, for instance, we’re always speaking about teamwork and how great it is when the work environment is pleasant or how a solid team can produce better results than an unstable one. In a team-oriented environment each person contributes to the overall success of the organisation and work together with fellow members to achieve common objectives, even though each person can have a specific job function or belong to a specific department.