On the way out of a training session earlier this week a woman asked me if I did team building programs.
I said, “that depends.”
She asked, “on what.”
I said, “why the company feels it needs a team building event.”
Building a team in business and even athletics is much more than just putting people together and putting them in a challenge situation to figure it to bond.
This is especially true if the team has been around a while.
Personalities, perceptions and perspectives have been developed in that time that are behind the “teamwork” issues (or lack thereof and the purpose of this initiative).
To create a real high-performing team it takes much more.
Patrick Lencioni, one of the leaders in this field who authored a book called The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team calls the work team members have to do “heavy lifting.”
It really does require some hard work to identify what’s working and what’s not.
It takes some direct and candid conversations between individuals and within groups.
It takes breaking down resentments, letting go of past indiscretions and looking to the future.
On August 15th I’m releasing a new ebook titled, “
Your IDEAL Work Environment Implementation Manifesto:
5 Steps to Create a Workplace Where Employees
of Every Generation Thrive”
This isn’t specifically related to “team building” but it will work to build a high-performance team more easily, or rebuild a team in need of a reset.
I have to warn you, though, it will require some “heavy lifting.”
Although the ebook is less than 20 pages and it will come in digital form, the work inside some may consider “heavy lifting.”
I promise you, though, it will be worth it.
If you’d like to get on the waiting list to receive the ebook the day it is available go here to sign up:
Also, this weekend begins the Summer Olympics from Rio.
Look for championship performances as the games begin and I’ll be writing and commenting on some of it so we’ll have two weeks and beyond to discuss.
’til next time, Communicate with Power,