By Susan M. Heathfield
Team building is the process of turning a group of individual employees into a cohesive team, a group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of their customers by accomplishing their purpose and goals.
Team building can include the daily interaction that employees engage in when working together to carry out the requirements of their jobs. It can also involve structured activities and exercises that employees can lead. Or, with the proper budget and goals, managers can contract out for facilitation with an external resource.
Internal Team Building Opportunities
With a little practice, groups of employees such as departments, product teams, marketing teams and more can use another employee to facilitate their group’s session. Often the team leader or manager will facilitate a series of meetings at which employees get to know each other and develop cohesive working relationships. Fortsätt läsa
There is a useful hint for team builders:
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
– Vincent ”Vince” Lombardi (1913-1970), athletic coach
Too often teams aren’t assembled. They just happen. A project comes along and a team is assigned to work it. The group gathers and attempts to figure out a solution, but trouble starts brewing almost at once. Only some of the people do any work. Some people don’t get along. Meetings are frequent and mind numbing. No one is quite sure what the assignment actually is.
In corporate team building, well-assembled teams are called Station Teams. Station teams are based on what we know to be true about people and organizations, and are aligned with the principles of WYSINWYG (what you see is never what you get), balance and simplicity. The constituent parts of station team assembly are size, civics, and work. Each of the parts is important in its own right, but taken together, they provide for continuous and effective team operation. Their assembly optimizes the chances for successful and effective teamwork. Fortsätt läsa