Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building
Team Building

You want to figure out what to do with your team? You see countless options and want to figure out how to choose the right team experience. The pressure is on you because your social credibility is at risk. Too dry, too flakey… pointless… irrelevant… you face a lot of risks. Plus every sales person wants to convince you that their narrow slice of all the team building approaches is the right one for you. We get it – when you only have a hammer – everything starts to look like nails.

What if you can benefit from our 25 years of helping people like you achieve super star status? We’re out to make sure you look great by making sure you choose the right team experiences. So figure out what you want, so you can sort through the wrong team building programs to find exactly what your team wants.

To help you, we’ve organized the major distinctions when buying team development. Look at some of the examples and makes some notes so you take the right action. This helps you determine the criteria you will use to select the right team building event.

Results versus Fun

Myth – the best team building is fun. The truth is that while fun is important, teams have a much broader view of what is fun than the people who choose for the team. Fun runs the risk of being silly and pointless. Lately, fun has become less relevant to some teams and they resent having to lose a day of work to have pointless fun. You can tell if you run this risk if your team is working long hours, overtime, are behind on results, or projects are delayed.

Some teams do want fun. They have the time to be fun and silly. They love being together and just want to have fun. Now you need to ask yourself if you even bother with a structured team building exercise. Maybe this is a more social group who would love to prepare a meal together in Serve it Up.

Some teams want to achieve results. There is actually nothing more motivating and fun than getting together as a team to redefine our future or figuring out how to improve our team or how to achieve the business results that makes the team proud. The team building exercises used in these results-oriented team sessions are fun. The real excitement and motivation kicks in when they create an action plan together with everyone’s impact. They ALWAYS want to create a big impact because their work becomes meaningful. That makes your team proud, smarter and more resourceful. For many – that is the most fun of all.

You can tell if your team is more results-oriented when many care about the team and their results. If they invest extra hours, if they come up with ways to improve, if they want to achieve their plan/goals. Since they care about results, you may want to lean into team development programs that support them exceeding results and building new capacity. Programs like Inspire the Future allow them to get bolder. Team Forward allows them to build their culture & results. Bridge the Gap allows them to exceed or achieve results. Most of these programs create high levels of employee engagement during the program and more importantly after the team offsite is complete. That’s when the ongoing benefit kicks in since the whole team becomes more engaged. You get an additional day a week from everyone as they actively achieve their goals.


Learning versus Engagement

Myth – you can teach your team. The reality is that you cannot effectively teach anyone anything. Your team chooses to learn & apply or they do not. If you use a teaching approach, your people feel like they are doing something wrong. This approach causes resistance and people avoid connecting the learning to their behavior & work environment. Be careful anytime you are presenting content – it demotivates! And you want to build your team.

If you want your team to learn something, you likely want them to behave or operate differently. Then avoid presenting and powerpoint – they are death to desire to apply their learning.

You have 2 different approaches that work and also build your team. You can put the participants in a learning experience so they create the content and link the learning to their behavior and work environment. For example, if you want them to become better communicators, you would use the Communicate Naturally framework where they learn about themselves and each other in order to apply their learning to their approach on projects, with customers or with each other.

In the employee engagement approach, you remove the content frame and allow the team to build the solution themselves. 100% of teams who’ve been engaged to build their new process, create new ways of operating or organizing themselves. Your team loves engagement because it is completely relevant to them, their team, and their team’s results.

Often team building works best when the learning builds the team’s capacity then the team engagement – in that order. So for implementing change we use a simulation called Profit from Change which is fun and relevant. Then the participants apply their learning to their business. This works great for sales teams too where they learn about their buyers in Reveal the Secrets or Sell Naturally then they apply their learning about their buyers to their sales approach. Think of it like a volleyball set and a spike that creates a massive bump in results.

Outdoor versus Indoor Team Building Events

You want to consider your team’s desired outcomes. Outdoor team building activities work best for teams who are stuck inside and appreciate getting some movement and exercise in place. Outdoor activities cause you lose some control and cohesion. Obviously weather is a risk so alternative plans are wise – we keep a Team Forward packed so we can immediately shift gears if need be. Remember that if outside is important – for a summer bbq – then make the engagement about getting to the location like Race For Spaces where teams solve problems to reach a location.

The biggest danger with outdoor is that the day becomes just frivolous fun. Busy, vital teams may want to receive more value. Remember the value is in their results, not adding more activities. All outdoor races miss the mark if they forget to produce a business result. They miss the importance of mixing a business result in with the fun results. You want to anchor business results when the emotions are most high.

Indoor team building events give you more control and work best when the curtains are not drawn and the room dimmed for Powerpoint death. Indoor events allow you to control the environment and quickly create an immersive environment. Remember that 1/4 to 3/8 of the group are just happy to be outside so now the pressure is on to actually engage them. Indoor team events like Save the Titanic allow you to create an immersive event inside that no one will ever forget.

Social versus Business

You want social outcomes when you are mixing teams, dispersed teams or you want to take a team to a new level of performance. You can consider a social version of Team Naturally where the learning is all about connecting and communicating with each other. A little bit of framework allows a powerful context for people to communicate differently to each other.

Business outcomes are about results like more sales, more profit, more speed or faster projects/processes. Team building that focuses on a business result ensures that you have relevance. Now with relevance, you add engagement to create the inspiration. Inspire your team. Then after they return back to work, your engagement continues with implementation.

So if your company won’t invest more than a couple thousand in your team, change your approach. Stop making it about vague team building and make the session about your team producing a result. You get support from a proven designer/facilitator who focuses the immediate result during your team engagement sessions. Then implement and your team has to get the results. When you get results, your bosses will support your team having team offsites every quarter. You can build capacity and results in every session – and you will look like a superstar!

You can achieve both social and business results through Connect & Collaborate because the social connections enable powerful business conversations. So again you start with capability building with Connect & Collaborate then the designers create team engagement exercises.


Competitive versus Collaborative

You gain energy and engagement through team competition plus a focus on performance & results which is like the 60 Second Challenge with total focus on achieving better results in 60 seconds. With team collaboration you gain deeper social and team connections like in Magical Musical Tour where teams collaborate to create music or Film the Big Picture where they create an actual movie. With competition, each group owns their results deeply and with collaboration – the whole group aligns and owns their results.

Be careful with competition, even with outdoor races you can impact your team negatively. We redesigned our outdoor races to collaborate with other teams and in 2 Become 1 – the entire design focuses on competing against another team then immediately merging to collaborate together to compete against another team. Our clients have found that they want BOTH performance focus of competition and the shared ownership focus of collaboration. So we’ve started to get teams comfortable moving between competition and collaboration using team building activities from 2 Become 1 in lots of client designs.

Immersion in Our Work or Immersion in Other

The best way for adults to learn is through immersion. Using their immediate world or your strategic plan allows your group to immerse themselves in your world. This immersion environment with a focus on improvement or optimization causes deep engagement. You want immersion in their world when improving team results, team communication or business outcomes.

You want immersion in a context for learning capabilities like problem solving and team leadership in Save the Titanic. The immersive environment creates an emotional anchor and makes sure their learning is remembered. Multi-sensory engaging experiences create powerful memories which means retention.


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We got to where we needed to go, together, with unanimity. What I learned here applies to every aspect of my life.



Team Building Solutions can help your team:

Find innovative solutions to persistent problems

Create a culture of peer to peer accountability

Collaborate effectively and efficiently

Build support, trust, and respect



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