The idea of a team suggests that:
- the whole is greater than its individual parts
- everyone is working toward a shared goal of success
- individual contributors know their part and how it fits with their teammates
- there is an understanding of what each player brings to the game
- mutual respect and support exist
Is this the case in your organization? If not, well-designed teambuilding activities can take team functioning to the next level.
As a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator professional, I am crazy about using the MBTI for teambuilding. However, many options for teambuilding exist ranging from simple to complex.
Some questions to consider as you plan a teambuilding session:
- What do you hope to accomplish? Possible goals include: reward, motivate, relax, brainstorm, problem-solve, get to know teammates, etc.
- Where do you want the event to occur? Onsite vs. offsite; indoors vs. outdoors; formal vs. informal atmosphere.
- Available time? Half-day, whole-day, multi-day.
- Available budget?
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