Team Building Interventions
Team building interventions help to enhance relationships and performance among participants who come together under a common objective as a team.
Team building interventions are a subset of the larger team development intervention, OD initiatives and include various tools and teambuilding processes like human group processes, skill-based workshops, psychometric instruments, team building exercises and team building activities that are designed to improve teamwork and team performance.
These team activities aim to improve interpersonal relations, clarify team members roles and responsibilities, and solve tasks and interpersonal conflicts that affect overall team functionality at the workplace.
One of the most potent reasons for the team to undergo team building intervention is to improve team cooperation, team collaboration, team cohesion and team co-creation to achieve high-performance results.
Team Interventions are also a part of a larger OD intervention strategy that employs a problem-solving approach to teambuilding that helps established teams identify and address obstacles and constraints to high performance.
These are likely to be more reactive than proactive, designed to address a problem that a team is experiencing. For example, members on a team may experience role conflict that impedes their performance, and they may need an intervention to sort through the confusion.
Team building interventions also improve the team members’ feelings and team interactions, thereby improving relationships and trust in the entire team.
Our Team Building interventions are usually a mix of the following interventions
Team building intervention strategies help teams avoid or recover from pitfalls of internal competition, conflict, lack of commitment, lack of responsibility and accountability and poor team results.
Personality Based Team Building Intervention
Personality-Based Team Building uses a personality or psychometric questionnaire such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Type, Insights Team Dynamics, Belbin Team Roles, Enneagram or DISC assessments. Personality-based interventions focus on improving interpersonal skills among the team members.
The results are communicated to each team member and, in some instances, the entire team to help members understand and appreciate their own and their teammates' personalities and interpersonal styles. Ideally, this understanding leads to better communication and improved team effectiveness.
Members may also do role plays and participate in team building activities to relate and reflect on their personality type and how they can effectively communicate and build good relationships with other team members.
Activity Based Team Building Intervention
Activity-Based Team Building involves fulfilling challenging tasks in an outdoor environment, such as group outdoor and adventure activities. The team members participate in physical challenges, such as group obstacles, physical challenges, canoeing or hiking.
The interventions focus on teamwork, problem solving, conflict, trust and risk-taking. The task requires all the members to take up various roles to complete the challenge.
The behaviours are brought out to awareness during the sharing phase and debriefing phase, and parallels identified at the workplace that is similar to the challenges face by the team members. The learning is transferred to the workplace, thus creating new relationships between the team members to work efficiently together.
Skills Based Team Building Intervention
Skills-Based Team Building Skills engages team members in a workshop style intervention that combines training content and activities focusing on developing skills they need to work together as a team, such as communication, leadership skills, dealing with conflict, effective team meetings and more.
These skill-based workshops allow members to learn and practice teamwork efficiently.
With the development of these team skills, the teams create a more effective team if the skills acquired are applied in the workplace. These interventions are presented as a workshop with training content and team activities in which all members participate and develop action plans for practising the needed skills.
Problem Solving Based Team Building Intervention
Problem Solving-Based Team Building is frequently executed at an offsite event but can also be done indoors. This type of team building is aimed at helping the team unravel and solve specific problems.
The members of the group will then work together to identify the challenges and possible solutions while trying to work as efficiently as possible in solving the problem.
The facilitator's job is to help the team explore and understand the problem in order to find a solution. Problem solving retreats are the most common form of team building intervention because parallels are drawn between the activity and work. The transfer of learning is immediately applied to the team's ongoing work.
A good team building program will combine all types of team building interventions and is usually based on the methodology of experiential learning and adult learning principles.
Such wholesome team building interventions focus on all aspects of the team needs, namely team vision, team relations, team goals, team roles and team processes to build an efficient and high-performance team.
All our Team Building interventions include a skilled and experienced facilitator to conduct the activities and process the experiences to enable the transfer of learning to the workplace. Without a facilitator, the effectiveness and impact of the team building session may not be fully effective.
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