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Back in the 1990s, team-building exercises were all the rage—book clubs, seminars, cooking classes, three-legged races on field days.
They were fun, light-hearted attempts at easing inner-office tensions and encouraging collaboration. While some companies were known to get a wild with activities and budgets, the goal was always the same: improve company culture and motivation.
But as we head into 2018, something is changing. Team building is taking on a much different dynamic.
Take RG, for example—a small business owner in the service industry. Aiming to promote culture and collaboration, he set out to find a team-building event, debating between the age-old favorite rope-training course and a paintball battle.
But while paintball would undoubtedly have been a team-wide favorite, it wasn’t really what RG was looking for.
After all, what do you actually learn from paintball? (Trust me, as a business that has taken his team to a paintball course to celebrate a big victory, you only learn that paintballs freakin’ hurt! – Craig)
As RG thought more about making an investment in his business, he realized he wanted more than just team building “fun” and culture.
He wanted his team members to build their skill, too, and to show them how to advance in the business, how to add more value, and ultimately how they could earn a raise.
According to research from the company Culture Amp, the key driver of engagement, retention and productivity is learning and development (L&D).
“Ultimately no company can grow or change at a rate faster than its people,” said Didier Elzinga, CEO of Culture Amp. “This is the guiding principle for any successful approach to L&D. It is not about training for the sake of training. It is about growing people to ensure that you can compete and win.”
This new approach to team building – that combines culture and individual skill development – represents a massive shift in corporate America.
For a company to succeed, you need to do a lot more than just send the C-level executives off to an industry event in Vegas.
In today's modern age, effective team trainings are merging corporate culture, efficiency training, time management, and skill development into days devoted to creating High Performance Teams. These new events turns A-Players into Superstars and foster not just culture, but also creativity, analytical thinking, and effective communication.
All of this is good news, save for one glaring detail: Not all team development is created equal.
Though the dynamism of team training has rippled out to countless industries, the execution of effective team training has been spotty.
This kind of “corporate education” demands customization and accountability. After all, your business grows organically—as does your team—so it stands to reason that your team building should, too.
Plus, where most events fail is that while everyone leaves motivated, this motivation wanes within days because there is no follow-up.
That’s why RG ultimately chose to attend our High Performance Team Training event with his happy employees.
We helped each team member build a custom skill development plan, showed each member how to get more done at home and at work, and offered 90-days of accountability so that each team member would stick with the plan... becoming a more valuable – and happier – partner on his team.
As RG can attest when he finally found the perfect team-building event, his group left with improved skills, and felt more engaged in the business.
Follow-up surveys showed that this enhanced engagement produced proactive, out-of-the-box thinking and high-achievers that showed more leadership on a daily basis.