Teamwork is one of those words you hear a lot but it’s true that most people only have a vague concept of what it means (just try asking 3 or 4 people around you for a definition and you’ll see what we mean). In general, it’s used to mean a group of people working well together. At the heart of the idea of “teamwork” is the concept that teams – big and small – can work effectively and efficiently. This may seem simple, but when you consider the fact that teams are made up of diverse people, with different working styles, personalities and individual dynamics, it’s often a wonder that we get anything done in a group at all!
Over 7 years Team Bonding has developed its Amazing Race challenge to pinpoint the ways in which teams can become most effective. Many team-based activities focus on one aspect of team bonding – for example, building trust within a group.
The Amazing Race, on the other hand, is designed to encourage all aspects of building an effective team, from relationships and common goals to cohesion and trust. Interestingly, winning teams can be built as needed (rather than just simply occurring naturally). They do, however, take some effort, commitment and time.
The following is our Formula For Building a Winning Team:
–Developing Teamwork Through Fun
Fun should never be underestimated as a great motivator and a mechanism for building real relationships between team members. The Amazing Race is held in spectacular surroundings, with fast-paced, exciting and genuinely interesting challenges that are designed so that everyone can participate. The individual tasks encourage a light-hearted sense of competition, and the focus is on everyone having a laugh (and having a go).
–Committing To A Goal, Planning And Allocating Tasks
We’ve all been a part of frustrating teams where the goals seem changeable and some people seem to have different goals entirely. Working effectively as a team means, first and foremost, knowing and understanding a set goal. Learning how to best meet that goal will require different strengths and skills within the group. The Amazing Race provides a number of different set goals in the form of physical and mental challenges, encouraging all members of the team to add value at different points in the Race.
–Working Quickly And Staying On Track
The best laid plans often turn into a mess without the proper leadership or management. The challenges in the Amazing Race encourage goals being completed with the most efficient use of the team’s time. Become distracted or lose focus and you’ll most likely not complete the challenge at all (just like in real life).
Fulfilling the Amazing Race challenges effectively as a team rewards members with great kudos, so much so that many participants are still talking about it with their work colleagues months after the event.
Contact us on (02) 9949 2989 to find out how the Formula For Building A Winning Team can help your group today.