On the face of it anyone watching the mess that the BBC apprentice teams made of organising a team-building day could be forgiven for buying into the prejudices around Team building that were re-enforced.
This is 'no jolly'
A lack of communication
- Decide how you need your team to improve, what do those improvements look like?
- Chose a team-building provider with a proven track record.
- Talk to a senior representative of the provider. If they haven’t listened to you and cannot give you total confidence in their understanding of your agenda – move on to another.
- Ask to speak to at least one other client of theirs who is willing to recommend them.
- Make sure the event includes the services of an experienced facilitator.
- Meet the facilitator to ensure the chemistry will be right for your team.
- Only use a provider that can demonstrate results, ideally they should assess and record your team’s performance before, on the day and at agreed intervals after the event.
- Ensure that ALL of the team attend the event.
- Create expectations for them in advance; full participation is key – even for the cynics. A good facilitator will help you achieve this.
- If it’s worth doing don’t skimp, your team will feel valued if it’s clear you have invested in them.
If you are still sceptical about the value of team building contact me, I will do my best to persuade you and answer your concerns. Good luck.