I'd like to convince you that away days can help build and maintain high performing teams - without them getting covered in mud.
Team building needs: A professional facilitator who understands team processes and can introduce relevant activities and skills training will ensure that a fun activity or event is also a powerful learning experience.
In today's environment teams take many forms. Technology and geography lead to 'virtual teams' that might never physically meet. Projects require rapid formation of teams for a short term activity, and increasingly team working occurs across departments. This means that team building and team skills training are an important and recurring activity.
The amount of performance improvement that is possible from turned on teams is not small – it is enormous."
For many organisations, the term "team building" implies a fun activity (possibly involving mud!), in which people get out of the office and do some 'bonding'. But developing team work and team skills, and building high performing teams requires a far more comprehensive approach. With outcomes agreed in advance and full involvement of participants in an open session at the beginning, a skilled facilitator will be able to design a programme for a team away day or corporate retreat that achieves the ideal mix of communication, strategy and learning that will take the team to a higher level of performance.
Team building for high performance requires a comprehensive approach. Depending on where the team is, this could include learning how teams are formed, psychometric profiling of team members, communication skills, analysis of team processes, and group work on vision, mission and values.
Here is a selection of some of the skills that support effective teams: -
Outcomes should include well formed teams with shared goals and values, congruent with those of both individual members and the organisation, and individuals with new transferable skills