In the increasingly complex and international workplace the characteristics of teams are becoming equally complex. There is a requirement to operate within teams where collaboration is needed rather than following hierarchical command structures.
Team working is about working with others in a team working towards a common goal. It sounds simple really. But then add in how different people have different views on the way things should be done, the fact that they have differing priorities, time pressures, they may be in different countries and have very different personalities and so it becomes much more complex.
Team working can be approached from the process perspective using tools such as Belbin, which help us to understand the team dynamics. They help us to recognise the diversity of people and their value to the team. Tools such as psychometric testing can give us a reflection of ourselves within a team context, which can then help us to understand other people’s reactions to us.
This session is a way of achieving serious team objectives through activities and learning which can be more or less fun!
The balance between serious team discussion & fun activities is set by you.
Pre workshop activity
- Meeting to discuss the participant’s needs and those of the organisation
- Draft workshop outline tailored to your needs
- Agreement of agenda
- Participants complete a short questionnaire and read the ITD Work Style Model, or compleet the Thomas International DISC profile in preparation for the workshop.
- Half a day to a full day.
- Introduction and Objectives
- Overview of team ‘rules’
- Are we open to learn?
- Same, More, Less exercise
- Team dynamics
- Team structure
- Development of teams
- Participant observations, challenges, successes
- Series of fun activities
- Indoor activities
- Outdoor activities
- Offshore activities
- How we learn from fun
- Reflection and relating back to the work place
- Personal & team actions
Post workshop activity
- Participants leave with individual actions
- Email follow up of personal action plans
- Suggested conversation with their line manager on their actions
- Optional WebEx conference call follow up on these actions
- Optional 121 coaching
- ITD blog with further tips and suggestions
- “The workshop was great fun and very useful.”
- “Great blend of fun stuff and serious conversation.”
- “It was good to work with the team on other things rather than work.”
- “I learnt a lot about myself and my colleagues.”
Call or email ITD to explore how we can help your people build better teams
Team Building – Case Study
Pharmaceutical company office in UK.
The finance department of this major pharmaceutical business were growing rapidly in numbers. Added to this, the business was going through enormous change. How they worked together as a team became a vital part of their performance.
To review and define how the team should work together bearing mind the many new members and new challenges they were facing.
Working closely with the finance manager we designed a series of 1 day workshops for the team. The first part was to give the team activities to engage in that would help them get to know each other. This was achieved through fun activities with the team mixing together and finding out about each other.
The foundation of getting to know each other was then developed through personality questionnaires, which gave each person food for thought about their interpersonal behaviours.
The future culture of the team was then defined through facilitated group work and further fun activities.
The team really enjoyed the process and they visibly changed during the workshops. The finance manager was delighted with the process and the resulting culture in the team. As a result the performance of the team has grown significantly as measured through feedback from their internal clients
What the participants said
- “Great fun and very worth while use of time.”
- “Perfect balance of fun and serious team working.”