Rarely do businesses have single contributors that don’t interact or collaborate with someone else in the business. By improving collaboration skills, businesses, teams, and organizations can be more productive and more profitable.
One of the easiest ways to improve collaboration is team-building activities.
You may be rolling your eyes and putting your head down because you’ve heard it all before. Admittedly - a lot of people hate team-building activities and icebreakers.
They think it’s a distraction from work and that they are a waste of time. Some even feel like they don’t want to be “forced to make friends” and want to keep professional relationships distant from their own interests.
But the research is there - these activities do help improve team dynamics and workplace culture.
I’ve seen some really interesting team-building activities that can really turn the idea on its head.
“Everyone’s doing them these days, and it’s no wonder why: Trying to escape when you’re “trapped” in a room with people (in a set time period) is a team effort. If you live in a city that offers them (some options here and here), you can find an assortment of escape-the-room challenges, including a submarine, jail cell, or even an office (how ironic!). Per person it may cost you around $30, the same price of say, taking your team bowling or paying for a few drinks at happy hour.” (themuse.com)
If you’re familiar with the show, “Shark Tank,” you know that this a pitch session in which a person brings their idea to a group of investors and presents their product hoping to receive funding from one of the “sharks”
Bring this to the office by nominating a few employees to be the investor sharks and having the rest of the team come prepared with a brilliant idea that will accomplish something positive along with supporting materials for their presentations such as PowerPoint, diagrams, and mock examples. But the great thing about this is you can customize it to your own company. This can be something where it’s a big event that employees have a week to come up with their project or presentation. Or, it the team can have 30 minutes to think of their idea before presenting.
Either way, this will help with Creative thinking, communication, strategic thinking, and listening and is sure to bring lots of laughs and encouragement.
If you want to know more about how to lead your team, schedule a complimentary business strategy session with us. During that time, we can talk about DISC profile tests and leadership training opportunities.
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