Team building training programs are quite popular in the corporate world. There are multiple reasons for conducting team building from celebrating success to becoming more cohesive.
Here are some common types of team building:
- Some team building training programs are designed to build a certain culture within the team with focus on common values and behaviors to be displayed by the team members. Such programs are conducted when:
- A team is being formed and therefore there is a need to define cultural norms and values at the outset
- An old team is redefining the way they work
- There is a significant change either the team or in the environment that requires re-defining the cultural norms
- Such team building programs are best conducted with a senior facilitator who has experience in culture-building interventions. The first step of a culture-based team building program is to arrive at the winning culture for the team and the set rituals that will drive the winning culture every day.
- This is the most common type of team building intervention. Training programs designed to promote teamwork focus on building trust, getting to know team members better and promote camaraderie within the teams. Such programs are conducted when:
- There is a new team where team members don’t know each other very well and there is a need to accelerate the team formation
- An existing team is displaying dysfunctional behaviors like lack of trust, unhealthy conflict, lack of commitment and accountability.
- An existing high performing team that wants to get to the next level
- Such programs are conducted both with the help of indoor and outdoor intensive activities that are designed to bind the teams together. Outbound sessions work best in this case. Having the team perform a complicated task or solve complicated problems with multiple hurdles is a good option. You can use assessments and surveys like Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team to build understanding around current state of teamwork to enhance the takeaways from the session.
- Some team building programs can also be designed to develop a particular skill within the team. For example, training the entire sales team on selling skills or negotiation skills. The need to develop the skills at the team level may be a result of:
- Past performance where the lack of a certain skill at the team level has impacted the overall team performance
- A new skill is needed to be developed for all team members as a result of changing or new business needs
- Such programs are best delivered by subject matter experts who understand both the skill in consideration and the business. Coupling the sessions with enabling teams to leverage each other’s strengths through collaborative techniques can add a new dimension to such team building interventions.
Team building interventions should be designed with the understanding of the purpose of the intervention. Such programs can greatly enhance the effectiveness of teams and eventually contribute positively to the bottom-line. Designing an effective team building program requires experience and skill, you must look at the right training partner to help you make team building an impactful exercise.