Working on a team is a challenging but rewarding experience. In any case, whether we like it or not, it is a must today and something every business needs to encourage and seek to enhance. What happens however with when companies acquires other ones, when divisions are transferred to a new location or any change of such scale takes place?
Companies end up with diverse teams made up of people with different nationalities, values, culture. On top of the fact that people are by nature different and real team work in itself is hard to achieve, such a change complicates the situation even further….
As Steven Covey preaches in his 1989 best seller ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’, it is indeed interdependence that achieves the greatest results, regardless of what sphere of life we are talking about. As Covey explains in his book, we all go through stages from dependence to independence as we grow and while most of us reach independence, only some achieve the interdependence stage and these are the top performers in every field.
In other words it is collaboration that helps us achieve exceptional results, not our work individually.
We have taken that philosophy and based some of our events on the idea of collaboration indeed. The result? Some of our greatest, most impactful and loved events were created that are also fun and engaging. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider a collaborative event next time:
1. They make you feel that you belong. It’s a well-known fact that organisations compete against each other. Yet, on the inside, each organization should be like a family to which everybody should feel that they belong. A family that they can rely on and which they also support. Often times, however, busy with our daily tasks, we often forget that. A collaborative teams building could help you remind your employees that they are indeed part of a family. This does not only make people feel better but also boosts motivation.
2. They help you keep the big picture in mind. This very much stems from the above. And it’s logical as well. It’s much easier to work on a team of 5 people, as we often do, than it is in a group of 50. We thus tend to forget that our team is part of an interrelated system and that we all have the same ultimate goal – progress. Even if not immediately or directly, our actions will eventually affect the whole organization. A collaborative exercise will help you emphasize the importance of keeping the whole in mind.
3. They help you spot the natural leaders. Just imagine: the group have the task at hand, they are under pressure, some people have heard some parts of the brief, others have heard other parts. And when they start working together here is what happens: some discuss what they believe should be done with the person right next to them, others shout over to the other part of the room trying to communicate what they think the right approach is, while others still just hang around without doing anything. It sounds messy, doesn’t it? Until one or two individuals step up and get everybody organised. Suddenly everybody is listening attentively, the activities get synchronized and everything starts flowing much better. These people are what we call natural leaders. We all know why these people are crucial to every organisation. A collaborative team building game gives the chance to such individuals to show their potential and to you to spot it.
What is the best about a collaborative team event however is that it is designed to get across clearly a simple truth: working all together we can achieve much greater, much bigger goals, than if we were to work separately. And this is obvious from the results in the game itself.
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