Looking for Team Building Ideas?

Leaders are often looking for activities they can do with their teams that help to build or further strengthen their teams – but we see that with some team-building exercises, instead of building trust and encouraging communication, they can have the opposite effect! “Rather than bringing them together, team-building activities that make people focus on seemingly-irrelevant tasks (instead of one another) risk isolating less outgoing team members, compounding their differences.”

In this link to a Mind Tools newsletter * focusing on ‘team building’, there are a range of activities that help individuals to ‘shine and connect, while, at the same time, building essential business skills.’ These are split into three categories:

  • Team activities to strengthen creativity
  • Team activities to turn problems into opportunities
  • Team activities to help build communication skills

And please remember the excellent suggestions from ‘Managing Teams that Deliver’ by Mary Shapiro (HBR Sept 2014 webcast) – taking time on building the infrastructure in your team IS THE TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY! (Click here to view our blog summary of the webcast).

Teams can’t thrive without a strong infrastructure and the time taken to build it helps create the conditions necessary for excellent performance!

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*(For those who don’t already subscribe to the Mind Tools newsletter, check it out! There is both a free and small-fee subscription that provides terrific summaries of different models, practical suggestions on a wide range of leadership topics and lots of useful information for leaders.)