Organizing an event involves a considerable amount of planning and preparation. It involves coordination with various groups and individuals. You will have to motivate people and involve them in some kind of team building activities. Therefore, the success of any event largely depends on the effectiveness of these preparatory works that you have carried out.
A Challenging Task
Team building by itself can be a challenging task. This is because any team building work involves various elements like choosing the right people for the right job, motivating people, fixing their responsibility, overseeing their work and so on. Naturally, handling such tasks needs a considerable amount of experience.
A Collaborative Work
Basically, team building activities are mostly collaborative in nature. In the normal course, team building does not involve training any individual or group. On the other hand, the person overseeing team building works will choose persons which have the ability to taking up the tasks that are assigned to him/her.
Elements of a Team Building
In any of the team building activities, fixing a realistic goal, coordination, motivation forms the core issues that have a bearing on the success of the event. These ingredients of team building could be further discussed as follows:
Setting Up a Goal: It is ideal that you should involve the team in setting up a goal. Set a goal which you can achieve. But, while fixing the goal, you must take up the mentorship so that the team takes the right steps without being overzealous.
Coordination: The team is normally split into various groups. The more the division, the more chances for ambiguity. Now, you must take the centre stage and act as a perfect coordinator. Communicate with the member of the various groups. This will help in clearing the ambiguity and also in solving problems arising in the working of teams. Naturally, this would improve the intra-personnel communication which is very vital for the smooth working of various groups in the team.
Communication: Effective back to back communication channel is the step in the right direction to improve communication between the working groups. Effective communication removes ambiguity and improves the working efficiency of the group.
Be the Leader: Effective communication should start with you because you are the leader. Tell the team the challenges ahead in executing the tasks. This makes the team put its heads together and evolve a plan of action to resolve the challenges. It should be noted that in team building works, there should be coordination and not a competition between the various working groups.
Size of the Team
As far the size of the team is concerned, there are no set standards. However, ten is considered to be an ideal option. Of course, the actual size of the team depends on the tasks that are proposed to be undertaken and various other factors.
Some of the Popular Team Building Activities
There are several team building activities and popular among them are office trivia, community service, charity works, conducting cooking classes, exclusive sports and other entertainment for corporate groups and various other activities.